Belfast Harlequins’ Frankie Taggart continues his lonesome stand for the Ulster men having hung on to his starting spot for Ireland U20’s match against Wales in the 2014 Junior World Championship in New Zealand tomorrow morning. KO 6:25am UK/IRE.
Due to me having problems getting TG4’s and SKY’s coverage on Monday morning I didn’t manage to see the narrow defeat against France in the opening round but by all accounts young Frankie had a good enough game, coming close to scoring in the 19 – 13 defeat.
The losing bonus point does give Ireland options and if they keep the score tight against Wales and pick up another losing bonus point they could be well set for the 5 – 8th place play-off’s if they manage to beat Fiji in their final pool game next Tuesday.
Head coach Mike Ruddock has made four changes to the squad that lost to France.
Munster Academy member Alex Wootton, who makes his first appearance of the tournament, has been named on the left wing with Ian Fitzpatrick making way.
Up front, Darragh Moloney, who joins the Munster Academy for next season, is named in the second row where he partners Ross Molony.
Josh Murphy and Harrison Brewer are two new additions on the replacements bench, with both players having lined out in the Ireland Under-19s’ home win over France in April.
Ireland U20’s v Wales: Cian Kelleher, Ciaran Gaffney, Garry Ringrose, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton, Ross Byrne, Nick McCarthy, Peter Dooley, Max Abbott, Rory Burke, Darragh Moloney, Ross Molony, Peadar Timmins, Frankie Taggart, Jack O’Donoghue. Replacements: Dylan Donnellan, Denis Coulson, Oisin Heffernan, Josh Murphy, Diarmaid Dee, Ryan Foley, Conor McKeon, Harrison Brewer.