The teams have been announced for Friday evenings Six Nations match between Ireland U20 and England U20. Kick off 18:00. 

Unfortunately, due to injuries we are now down to one Ulster player, ever present Jonny Stewart the only Ulster talent on show.  While I generally enjoy the teams that Nigel Carolan puts out I have to say that the loss of Johnny McPhillips, Peter Cooper, Marcus Rea and Robert Lyttle, coupled with the defeat by Wales last week, has somewhat taken the shine of this fixture for me. 

Carolan has made three changes from the team that lost to Wales, with Gavin Mullin coming in at outside center and John Foley coming in at blindside to bump Gavin Coombes to the bench at the expense of Rea. 

The usually reserved Carolin has been talking this team up this week with the surprise assertion that this is a better squad than last year. They have certainly shown a lot of resilience to get this far with only one loss, but, in truth, I’ve yet to see them play at the level that last years lads did. They played a delightful brand of rugby even when they lost. 

Friday night would certainly be the night to prove me wrong but they are going to need to up their game considerably if they are to cause England problems. The English have progressed rather sedately through the first four matches, getting a try bonus point in each one, to wrap up the Championship a week early, unassailable on 20 points. 

The FRU Predicts: Try as I might I just can’t see where Ireland U20 are going to win this one. Could be a record making five bonus point wins out of five for the English! 

IRELAND U20   ENGLAND U20
Jordan Larmour 15 Tom Parton
Tommy O’Brien 14 Joe Cokanasiga
Gavin Mullin 13 Dominic Morris
Ciaran Frawley 12 Will Butler
Calvin Nash 11 Sam Aspland-Robinson
Bill Johnston 10 Max Malins
Jonny Stewart 9 Harry Randall
Joey Conway 1 Ollie Dawe
Tadgh McElroy 2 Henry Walker
Charlie Connolly 3 Ciaran Knight
Fineen Wycherley 4 Jack Nay
Oisin Dowling 5 Nick Isiekwe
John Foley 6 Tom Curry
Paul Boyle 7 Ben Curry
Caelan Doris 8 Zach Mercer
     
Ronan Kelleher 16 Jamie Blamire
Greg McGrath 17 Ralph Adams-Hale
Matthew Burke 18 Joseph Morris
Jack Regan 19 Justin Clegg
Gavin Coombes 20 Josh Bayliss
Jack Stafford 21 Alex Mitchell
Conor Fitzgerald 22 Theo Brophy Clews
Colm Hogan 23 Max Wright

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