The Ireland U20s, sponsored by PwC, will conclude their second five-day training camp with a hit-out against Munster ‘A’ at the IRFU High Performance Centre on Friday, as the countdown to the rescheduled U20 Six Nations continues.
Following their 14-14 draw with Leinster ‘A’ at Energia Park last week, Richie Murphy’s side will add another layer to their preparations for the Championship by facing Munster ‘A’ tomorrow afternoon (Kick-off 1pm), with the Ireland Head Coach naming an extended 26-player squad for the challenge match.
Murphy, and his Assistant Coaches Denis Leamy and Colm Tucker, handed game time to 32 players last week and with another week’s work at the IRFU High Performance Centre in the bank, the Ireland squad will be hoping to build further during Friday’s test against Munster.
With Ireland’s opening Six Nations game against Scotland on 19 June just two weeks away, Murphy is keen for his side to build further cohesion and momentum in a match situation against a Munster outfit with plenty of senior experience in their ranks, including former Ireland U20 stars Jack Crowley, Thomas Ahern and Jake Flannery.
“We’ve had another strong week of training and preparation work at the IRFU High Performance Centre, working on the areas of the game that we identified for improvement following the Leinster game,” Murphy said.
“It was really beneficial for us to get 32 players on the pitch last week and Friday’s game against a strong Munster side is another excellent opportunity to build those connections further as we focus in on the Six Nations campaign.”
Ireland U20s (v Munster ‘A’):
15. Jamie Osborne (Naas RFC/Leinster)
14. Conor Rankin (Malone RFC/Ulster)
13. Shane Jennings (Buccaneers RFC/Connacht)
12. Cathal Forde (Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
11. Chay Mullins (Bristol Bears/IQ Rugby)
10. James Humphreys (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)
9. Nathan Doak (Banbridge RFC/Ulster)
1. George Saunderson (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)
2. Ronan Loughnane (UCD RFC/Leinster)
3. Mark Donnelly (Garryowen RFC/Munster)
4. Mark Morrissey (UCD RFC/Leinster)
5. Harry Sheridan (Dublin University FC/Ulster)
6. Jack Kelleher (UCC RFC/Munster)
7. Oisin McCormack (Buccaneers RFC/Connacht)
8. Alex Kendellen (UCC RFC/Munster).
16. Eoin de Buitléar (An Ghaeltacht/Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
17. Temi Lasisi (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)
18. Sam Illo (Old Wesley RFC/Leinster)
19. Diarmuid McCormack (Dublin University FC/Connacht)
20. Reuben Crothers (Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster)
21. Ben Murphy (Old Wesley RFC/Leinster)
22. Tim Corkery (UCD RFC/Leinster)
23. Josh O’Connor (UCD RFC/Leinster)
24. Donnacha Byrne (Sligo RFC/Connacht)
25. Ben Carson (Banbridge RFC/Ulster)
26. Chris Cosgrave (UCD RFC/Leinster).
Munster ‘A’ (v Ireland U20s):
15. Jack Crowley
14. Calvin Nash
13. Dan Goggin
12. Alex McHenry
11. Liam Coombes
10. Jake Flannery
9. Paddy Patterson
1. Liam O’Connor
2. Diarmuid Barron (captain)
3. Keynan Knox
4. Fearghail O’Donoghue
5. Thomas Ahern
6. Jack Daly
7. Daniel Okeke
8. Jack O’Sullivan.
16. Rhys Marshall
17. Josh Wycherley
18. Jeremy Loughman
19. Conor Moloney
20. Dylan Murphy
21. Ethan Coughlan
22. Ben Healy
23. Aaron Leahy
24. Alan Flannery
25. Seán French
26. Jamie Shanahan.