IreU20The Ireland U20’s Junior World Championship side appears to have been released earlier this week with the squad now up on the IRB website. 

As we predicted in April the squad features seven Ulster players: Jake Caulfied (Malone), Chris Taylor (Malone), John Andrew (Ballymena), John Doonan (Ballynahinch), Conor Joyce (Malone), John Creighton (Malone) and Rory Scholes (Belfast Harlequins).

This is a particularly gruelling competition, with five games played over 18 days, and Ireland have historically struggled to stay the pace over the duration of the tournament. This year it will an even bigger challenge for the Irish lads having been placed in Pool B alongside New Zealand, Australia and Fiji, and they will do well to repeat last season’s fifth place finish. All the pool matches will take place at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes.

It will be doubly difficult for this young Ireland side following the withdrawal of of Ulster’s Stuart Olding and Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw , both will be touring North America with the Ireland team, so I think it would be fair to say that expectations will be limited!

Ireland Pool Fixtures.

Wednesday 5th June 17:45 Ireland v Australia
Sunday 9th June 17:45 Ireland v Fiji
Thursday 13th June 17:45 New Zealand v Ireland

On completion of the pool fixtures teams are placed in semi final and final play-offs for ranking points.

Ireland Squad. 

Full Name DOB (AGE) CM KG CLUB Position
Adam Boland 15/07/1993(19) 178 90 Connacht Prop
Edward Bryne 09/09/1993(19) 185 109 Leinster Prop
Jake Caulfield 07/02/1993(20) 191 120 Ulster Prop
Peter Dooley 04/08/1994(18) 186 109 Leinster Prop
Niall Horan 21/04/1993(20) 183 115 Munster Prop
Brian Scott 09/03/1993(20) 192 122 Munster Prop
Chris Taylor 11/03/1993(20) 183 113 Ulster Prop
John Andrew 26/05/1993(19) 183 98 Ulster Hooker
Brian Byrne 09/09/1993(19) 180 105 Leinster Hooker
John Donnan 16/02/1993(20) 195 110 Ulster Lock
Sean McCarthy 12/02/1993(20) 196 114 Munster Lock
Gavin Thornbury 19/10/1993(19) 203 110 Leinster Lock
Conor Joyce 05/07/1993(19) 193 104 Ulster Flanker
Dan Leavy 23/05/1994(18) 193 103 Leinster Flanker
Ryan Murphy 05/03/1993(20) 185 100 Munster Flanker
Peadar Timmins 08/01/1994(19) 189 97 Leinster Flanker
Josh Van Der Flier 25/04/1993(20) 186 98 Leinster Flanker
John Creighton 20/03/1993(20) 170 73 Ulster Scrumhalf
Luke McGrath 03/02/1993(20) 175 84 Leinster Scrumhalf
David Shanahan 20/06/1993(19) 173 79 Leinster Scrumhalf
Steve Crosbie 10/01/1993(20) 186 94 Leinster Flyhalf
Tom Daly 31/01/1993(20) 193 102 Leinster Centre
Mark Roche 25/01/1993(20) 173 89 Connacht Centre
Rory Scannell 22/12/1993(19) 180 94 Munster Centre
Max McFarland 13/07/1993(19) 174 78 Leinster Wing
David Panter 03/02/1993(20) 180 88 Connacht Fullback
Rory Scholes 23/04/1993(20) 186 94 Ulster Fullback
Darren Sweetnam 05/05/1993(20) 187 90 Munster Fullback

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