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Late Change Made To Ireland Under-20 Team

Late Change Made To Ireland Under-20 Team

Garryowen and Munster Academy out-half Ben Healy is pictured during the open training session involving the Ireland senior and Under-20 squads in Belfast last Friday ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

There is a late change to the Ireland Under-20 team, sponsored by PwC, to face France in tonight’s U-20 Six Nations encounter at Irish Independent Park (kick-off 7.15pm).

Out-half Harry Byrne is ruled out with a hip flexor injury and is replaced in the starting XV by Garryowen and Munster’s Ben Healy, who comes in for his first Ireland U-20 start after making his debut off the bench against Italy.

Healy’s Munster Academy colleague James McCarthy, who was capped last season, is added to the bench. The UL Bohemians flyer scored a try during the Ireland U-20s’ 34-24 loss to France in Bordeaux 13 months ago.

Over 6,700 tickets have been sold for tonight’s U-20 Six Nations fixture in Cork, with the last remaining tickets available from Ticketmaster.ie.

IRELAND UNDER-20 Team & Replacements (v France Under-20s, 2019 Under-20 Six Nations Championship, Irish Independent Park, Cork, Friday, March 8, kick-off 7.15pm):

15. Jake Flannery (Shannon/Munster)
14. Angus Kernohan (Queen’s University/Ulster)
13. Liam Turner (Dublin University/Leinster)
12. Sean French (Cork Constitution/Munster)
11. Jonathan Wren (Cork Constitution/Munster)
10. Ben Healy (Garryowen/Munster)
9. Craig Casey (Shannon/Munster)
1. Josh Wycherley (Young Munster/Munster)
2. Dylan Tierney-Martin (Corinthians/Connacht)
3. Thomas Clarkson (Dublin University/Leinster)
4. Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster) (capt)
5. Niall Murray (Buccaneers/Connacht)
6. Martin Moloney (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
7. Scott Penny (UCD/Leinster)
8. John Hodnett (UCC/Munster)


16. John McKee (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
17. Callum Reid (Banbridge/Ulster)
18. Ryan Lomas (Galwegians/Connacht) *
19. Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster) *
20. David McCann (Banbridge/Ulster)
21. Cormac Foley (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
22. Rob Russell (Dublin University/Leinster)
23. James McCarthy (UL Bohemians/Munster)

* Denotes uncapped player at Under-20 level


Friday, February 1:

IRELAND UNDER-20s 35 ENGLAND UNDER-20s 27, Irish Independent Park, Cork

Friday, February 8:

SCOTLAND UNDER-20s 5 IRELAND UNDER-20s 24, Netherdale, Gala RFC, Galashiels

Friday, February 22:

ITALY UNDER-20s 14 IRELAND UNDER-20s 34, Stadio Centro d’Italia – Manlio Scopigno, Rieti

Friday, March 8:

IRELAND UNDER-20s v FRANCE UNDER-20s, Irish Independent Park, Cork, 7.15pm (live RTÉ Two)
Click here to buy your match ticket(s) from Ticketmaster.ie

Friday, March 15:

WALES UNDER-20s v IRELAND UNDER-20s, Zip World Stadium, Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay, 7.05pm (live RTÉ Two)