The teams have been announced for Ireland U20’s Six Nations match against their Welsh counterparts which takes place on Saturday evening at Parc Eirias. Kick off 18:30, live on S4C/RTE.

It should be the third of three cracking matches against the Welsh but, as with the Women and the Men’s sides the Ulster representation is disappointingly small. Johnny McPhillips, Peter Cooper and Robert Lyttle are all ruled out due to injury. but with a bit of luck they should all be back for the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in June.

Their absence leaves Jonny Stewart, starting at scrum half, and Marcus Rea, starting as back row replacement, as the only Ulster representatives in the squad this time round.

Ireland U20’s have recorded three wins out of three in the Six Nations but it’s been an abrasive competition for the Irish youngsters. This time round they welcome back Jack Kelly  who slots into midfield bumping Tommy O’Brien out to wing and Jordan Lamour to full back.

Fineen Wycherley and Gavin Coombes return up front and the uncapped Greg McGrath and Jack Stanford join the replacements.

Wales have only made one change to the team that beat Scotland with Shane Lewis-Hughes returning for his first appearance this season having recovered from injury. He’s a big unit!

This will be another enticingly close game and, as with the other two, it could go either way. It’ll be interesting to see how my predictions work out this week!

The FRU Predicts: I just like what Nigel Carolan is doing with the U20’s the last couple of seasons. his teams usually find a way to win, so I’m going with Ireland U20’s in this one.

Rhun Williams 15 Jordan Larmour
Corey Baldwin 14 Tommy O’Brien
Cameron Lewis 13 Jack Kelly
Keiran Williams 12 Ciaran Frawley
Ryan Conbeer 11 Calvin Nash
Ben Jones 10 Bill Johnston
Dane Blacker 9 Jonny Stewart
Rhys Carre 1 Joey Conway
Corrie Tarrant 2 Tadgh McElroy
Keiron Assiratti 3 Charlie Connolly
Alex Dombrandt 4 Fineen Wycherley
Sean Moore 5 Oisin Dowling
Shane Lewis-Hughes 6 Gavin Coombes
Will Jones 7 Paul Boyle
Aled Ward 8 Caelan Doris
Owen Hughes 16 Ronan Kelleher
Steff Thomas 17 Greg McGrath
Chris Coleman 18 Matthew Burke
Jack Pope 19 Jack Regan
James Botham 20 Marcus Rea
Reuben Morgan-Williams 21 Jack Stafford
Phil Jones 22 Conor Fitzgerald
Ioan Nicholas 23 Colm Hogan

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Ageing hooker who played rugby in England, Wales and Scotland before returning home to see out my twilight years with Larne RFC's Mighty 5th XV. I've a special interest in Irish Women's Rugby and enjoy covering Ireland U20's and Ulster Schools in an attempt to "discover" the stars of the future!