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Clarke Makes Changes To Under-20 Side

Clarke Makes Changes To Under-20 Side

The Ireland Under-20 team (sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers) for Friday’s RBS U-20 6 Nations encounter with Wales (Parc y Scarlets, kick-off 7.10pm) shows three changes to the side that started last week’s loss to Scotland.

In the front row there are two changes (one positional), with Adam Macklin, a try scorer against Scotland, coming into the side at tighthead prop, a move which sees Jack McGrath shift to the loosehead side of the scrum and Paddy McAllister listed amongst the replacements.

The back-line sees one change with Shane Gahan selected in the centre and Ian McKinley dropping to the bench.

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Speaking ahead of the final game of the 2009 Championship, Ireland coach Allen Clarke said: “With Adam Macklin and Shane Gahan coming into the starting line-up, we have focused on improving the accuracy and usage of ball from our set piece.

“The response from the players after a below par performance against Scotland has been excellent and there is a strong determination to finish the Six Nations with a quality performance.”

IRELAND UNDER-20 TEAM & REPLACEMENTS (v Wales Under-20s, 2009 RBS U-20 6 Nations Championship, Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, Friday, March 20, kick-off 7.10pm):

15 – David Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)
14 – Ronan O’Mahony (Garryowen/Munster)
13 – Shane Gahan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
12 – Eamonn Sheridan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
11 – Michael Keating (Clontarf/Leinster)
10 – Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
9 – Matthew Healy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
1 – Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
2 – Thomas Sexton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
3 – Adam Macklin (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
4 – Ciaran Ruddock (Neath/Exiles)
5 – James Sandford (Queens University/Ulster)
6 – Rhys Ruddock (Millfield School/Exiles)
7 – Dominic Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
8 – Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) (capt)


16 – David McGregor (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
17 – Paddy McAllister (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
18 – Mark Flanagan (UCD/Leinster)
19 – Michael Noone (Seapoint/Leinster)
20 – Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
21 – Andrew Burke (Garryowen/Munster)
22 – Ian McKinley (UCD/Leinster)