John_s_version_1Win, lose or draw tomorrow, this group of Ireland U20’s players have already made history, being the first Irish side to make the final of this Championship and to be honest they have done it in fine style scoring fourteen tries along the way. 

You can read the full match reports and view stacks of pictures by clicking the links below but please read on to see which of the youngsters have been shaking it up on the world stage. 

Match 1:  Ireland 26 – 25 Wales 

Match 2: Ireland 33 – 24 New Zealand 

Match 3: Ireland 35 – 7 Georgia

Match 4:  Ireland 37 – 7 Argentina

Stalwards

Twelve players have played in all four games to date with Hugo KHugo Keenan minutes playedeenan, Max Deegan, Greg Jones and Andrew Porter all averaging over 65 minutes per game.

This is particularly impressive for front rower Porter who has literally been the cornerstone of the Irish scrum throughout the tournament and has laid down the foundations of Ireland’s sucess. 

However, it’s Keenan that tops the table with the silky smooth runner playing 316 minutes, averaging 79 minutes per game. A huge testament to his effortless technique in this particularly abrasive competition. 

Finishers

There have been nine different try scorers with the forwards bagging six to the backs eight.Jacob Stockdale 4 tries

Special mention to back row Max Deegan and hooker Adam McBurney who have grabbed a brace each but the top performer in this category is Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale who has crossed for four tries so far, scoring two against Wales and two against Argentina. 

The constant threat of Stockdale’s attacking prowess from full back has had more than one team worrying about their kicking game. 

Kickers. 

The real bonus for this Irish team is that the kickers have kept the scoreboard ticking over with the Ireland having the best Johnny McPhillips 41 pointskicking stats in the competition averaging an 85% success rate. 

Bill Johnston set the standard of 78%, before having to retire from the competition due to injury, but Ulster’s Johnny McPhillips has pushed it on some and personally averages 88%, only missing two kicks from his sixteen attempts. With a try as well to add to the pot, McPhillips is Ireland’s leading scorer with 41 points. 

Special mention to Brett Connon, who came in for the injured Johnston and has a 100% record from his two attempts at goal! 

Overall Statistics

Ireland have used thirty players throughout the tournament, having suffered two injuries to their twenty-eight man squad. Out half Bill Johnston was injured against New Zealand and was replaced by Brett Connon but most unfortunate was Conor Kenny who got injured five minutes into the first match against Wales. Kenny was replaced by Adam Coyle. 

There have been two yellow cards issued against Ireland, hookers Adam McBurney (New Zealand) and Vincent O’Brien (Argentina) the guilty parties. 

Full stats per player below:  

Player and Province 2016 WR U20 Championship 
Minutes Played
Points Scored   
SA NZ GEO ARG TOT TRY CON PEN DG PTS
Hugo Keenan LEI 76 80 80 80 316 1       5
Max Deegan LEI 80 80 63 80 303 2       10
Greg Jones LEI 80 80 65 72 297 1       5
Andrew Porter LEI 80 80 31 72 263 1       5
Jacob Stockdale ULS 80 80 15 80 255 4       20
Shane Daly MUN 80 80 15 80 255 1       5
Matthew Byrne LEI 80 80 80 240         0
Stephen Kerins CON 80 80 7 71 238         0
James Ryan LEI 80 80 72 232         0
Ben Betts MUN 75 62 71 208         0
David Aspil LEI 69 55 80 204         0
Adam McBurney ULS 76 53 7 64 200 2       10
Conor O’Brien LEI 80 56 60 196         0
Johnny McPhillips ULS 0 43 65 71 179 1 6 8   41
Cillian Gallagher CON 80 76 15 171         0
Sean O’Connor MUN 0 4 80 80 164         0
Vincent O’Brien MUN 4 26 80 14 124         0
Bill Johnston MUN 80 37 X X 117   3 4 1 21
Jimmy O’Brien LEI 4 24 65 20 113         0
Brett Connon EXI 80 9 89   2     4
Evan Mintern MUN 80 8 88         0
Niall Saunders EXI 0 0 73 9 82         0
Terry Kennedy LEI 80 80 1       5
Paul Kiernan MUN 80 80         0
Connal Boomer ULS 73 73         0
Vakh Abdaladze LEI 0 18 49 67         0
James Bollard LEI 49 8 57         0
Kelvin Brown MUN 11 16 17 8 52         0
Adam Coyle LEI 31 9 40         0
Conor Kenny CON 5 X X X 5         0
Totals   1200 1190 1200 1198 4788 14 11 12 1 131

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