Crest_1_Fru-200x200Teams have been announced for Friday evenings Six Nations clash between Ireland and Wales Under 20’s which takes place at Donnybrook. KO 19:35, live on RTE2.

Only two Ulster youngsters have made the cut for the match day squad with Johnny McPhillips starting at out half and Adam McBurney filling the hooking berth for the second year running. Jacob Stockdale, who benched for Ulster last weekend, has been held back at Ravenhill, and Robert Lyttle appears to have missed out this time round.

Ireland U20’s won their opening two games, in last season’s championship, beating Italy and France, but their campaign went somewhat off the rails after that as they lost to all three of the home nations including a 19 – 12 loss to Wales at Parc Eirias. More recently they also lost to Wales in the play off stages of the 2015 World Rugby U20 Championship going down 22 – 12 in Viadana in June 2015.

However, it’s a new season, and with both teams only retaining four players from those last encounters, this game will go to whichever side has prepared the best. Here, Ireland should have a significant advantage having been able to train regularly on the new 4G pitch at Donnybrook.

IRELAND U20   WALES U20
Jack Power 15 Rhun Williams
Matthew Byrne 14 Elis-Wyn Benham
Shane Daly 13 Harri Millard
Jimmy O’Brien 12 Owen Watkin
Hugo Keenan 11 Keelan Giles
Johnny McPhillips 10 Dan Jones
John Poland 9 Declan Smith
Andrew Porter 1 Corey Domachowski
Adam McBurney 2 Dafydd Hughes
Conan O’Donnell 3 Dillon Lewis
Peter Claffey 4 Shane Lewis-Hughes
James Ryan 5 Adam Beard
Cillian Gallagher 6 Tom Phillips
Will Connors 7 Shaun Evans
Max Deegan 8 Harrison Keddie
Shane Fenton 16 Ifan Phillips
James Bollard 17 Robert Lewis
Conor Kenny 18 Leon Brown
Sean O’Connor 19 Bryce Morgan
Kelvin Brown 20 Morgan Sieniawski
Stephen Kerins 21 Reuben Morgan-Williams
Brett Connon 22 Jarrod Evans
Conor O’Brien 23 Joe Thomas

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