Peter, a close game last week against the French but a great win....
â00Ya it was an extremely tough game, very physical upfront but I think we showed a lot of bottle and all the lads came through. We talked alot out on the pitch when we were three points down but nobody panicked and we worked hard â00till the end.â0
A good start to your 6 Nations Campaign...
â00It was a huge win for us and really gives us great momentum going forward and we hope to build on the confidence from it.â0
The game didnâ00t let up for the 80 minutes...
â00Ya the intensity level was there for the full game but our team focus was really on work rate, and it was a heavy pitch on the night in cold conditions, but our subs had a huge impact on the game and it really showed that we are a 22 man squad.â0
It was great the game was televised, did it add to the pressure on the night?
â00No, we didnâ00t actually know it was on tv, it may have been announced on the PA but it obviously wasnâ00t something we were focusing on at the time. It was great though for the exposure of all the lads and profiling the U20s game.â0
Did you get a break from Irish camp after the game?
â00Well Sunday and Monday were rest days for us, so I just came home and caught up on some college work, and then I was just looking forward to getting back into camp on Tuesday. We spend alot of time together and itâ00s been great with a lot more preparation together as a squad.â0
There must be a good buzz in the camp?
â00Thereâ00s a superb atmosphere, but weâ00re not getting ahead of ourselves, weâ00ve four games left and we know last weekâ00s win was only a stepping stone in the overall championship. We just want to keep our heads down and work away. Weâ00ve huge respect for the Italians and know we face a tough game on Saturday.â0
When you captained the Irish Schools and U19â00s would you have come across some of this weekendâ00s Italian players?
â00Ya when we were going through the video analysis I definitely recognised a few faces from past games.â0
Do you feel added pressure in the captaincy role?
â00Well thereâ00s a huge responsibility on my part but itâ00s a great honour to captain your country and I really enjoy it. My job is made all that easier with the support around me, weâ00re all singing off the same hymn sheet.â0
And you have some of your fellow Academy members involved in the squad also...
â00Ya Conor Murray and Andrew Burke are both in the first year of the Academy with me and started last week at 9 and 10, but Burke got an injury in the game so heâ00s out for this weekend. But Mark Doyle has come in starting on the wing and Ronan Oâ00Mahony is now in the 22, and theyâ00re both in the Munster Rugby sub-academy.â0
Peter youâ00re obviously enjoying the whole experience...
â00Ya itâ00s a fantastic experience, and weâ00re lucky with the professional structure thatâ00s in place, Allen Clarke and all the coaches are great and weâ00re just looking forward to the next game.â0
Ireland U20s to play Italy U20s
15 - David Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster)
14 - Mark Doyle (U.L. Bohemians/Munster)
13 - Ian McKinley (UCD/Leinster)
12 - Eamonn Sheridan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
11 - Michael Keating (Clontarf/Leinster)
10 - Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster)
9 - Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster)
1 - Paddy McAllister (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
2 - Thomas Sexton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
3 - Jack McGrath (St. Maryâ00s College/Leinster)
4 - Ciaran Ruddock (Neath/Exiles)
5 - Mark Flanagan (UCD/Leinster)
6 - Rhys Ruddock (Millfield School/Exiles)
7 - Dominic Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
8 - Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster)
16 - David McGregor (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
17 - Jack Oâ00Connell (Lansdowne/Leinster)
18 - James Sandford (Queens University/Ulster)
19 - Michael Noone (Seapoint/Leinster)
20 - Matthew Healy (Lansdowne/Leinster)
21 - Gary Foley (Blackrock College/Leinster)
22 - Ronan Oâ00Mahony (Garryowen/Munster)