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Quinlan Replaces Injured Byrne In Ireland U-20 Squad

Quinlan Replaces Injured Byrne In Ireland U-20 Squad

There has been a late change made to the Ireland Under-20 squad ahead of the start of the World Rugby Under-20 Championship next Tuesday.

Regular out-half Ross Byrne has unfortunately had to withdraw from the squad due to a back injury. He played in last year’s Under-20 RBS 6 Nations Championship and was the top scorer in the 2015 tournament with 55 points.

The Leinster Academy player was also a key member of the Ireland team that topped Pool B and secured a best ever finish of fourth at last summer’s Junior World Championship in New Zealand.

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The 2015 edition of the global tournament, hosted in Italy, begins next week with Byrne’s squad place going to Cork Constitution clubman Tomás Quinlan, who is uncapped at Under-20 level.

Quinlan, a member of the Munster sub Academy, has played for the Ireland U-19s and won the Munster Senior Cup and Bateman Cup with Cork Constitution this season. His consistent performances at out-half for Con in the Ulster Bank League earned him a monthly Division 1A Rising Star award.
The Ireland U-20s share Pool C with Argentina, Scotland and New Zealand and open their World Rugby U-20 Championship campaign against Argentina next Tuesday at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma.
TG4 will be broadcast Ireland’s matches live from the World Rugby U-20 Championship.

IRELAND UNDER-20 Squad (2015 World Rugby Under-20 Championship, Italy, June 2-20):

Sam Arnold (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
Joey Carbery (UCD/Leinster)
Fergal Cleary (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Billy Dardis (UCD/Leinster)
Lorcan Dow (Queen’s University/Ulster)
Jack Dwan (UCD/Leinster)
Stephen Fitzgerald (Shannon/Munster)
Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht)
Oisin Heffernan (Terenure College/Leinster)
Jeremy Loughman (UCD/Leinster)
Zack McCall (Queen’s University/Ulster)
Nick McCarthy (UCD/Leinster)
Sean McNulty (UCD/Munster)
Stephen McVeigh (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Rory Moloney (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Josh Murphy (UCD/Leinster)
Conán O’Donnell (Sligo/NUIG/Connacht)
David O’Connor (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
Conor Oliver (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
Jack Owens (Queen’s University/Ulster)
Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster)
Tomás Quinlan (Cork Constitution/Munster) *
Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)
Charlie Rock (Old Belvedere/Leinster) *
Cian Romaine (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Jacob Stockdale (Queen’s University/Ulster)
Alex Thompson (Queen’s University/Ulster)
Nick Timoney (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)

* Denotes uncapped player at international Under-20 level


POOL A – England, France, Wales, Japan
POOL B – South Africa, Australia, Samoa, Italy
POOL C – New Zealand, Ireland, Argentina, Scotland


Ireland Under-20s v Argentina Under-20s, Parma, Tuesday, June 2, kick-off 4.30pm local time/3.30pm Irish time
Ireland Under-20s v Scotland Under-20s, Calvisano, Saturday, June 6, kick-off 4.30pm local time/3.30pm Irish time
New Zealand Under-20s v Ireland Under-20s, Viadana, Wednesday, June 10, kick-off 8.30pm local time/7.30pm Irish time

Match Day 4: Play-offs and semi-finals, Monday, June 15
Match Day 5: Play-offs and final, Saturday, June 20