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IRB U21 World Cup

10th June 2005 By Munster Rugby

IRB U21 World Cup

IRB U21 World Cup 2005

Ireland 23 France 31

Despite gaining an early lead in their opening World Cup clash in Mendoza, Argentina, Ireland U21 s went down to a determined France. A late rally by the French denied Ireland a bonus point.

Ireland opened the scoring with a penalty goal from outhalf Gareth Steenson after just five minutes. They stretched the lead to 10-0 shortly after with a well taken try by Ballymena centre Andrew Trimble, with Trimble adding the conversion. However, France came right back with two tries in the space of five minutes, with No. 8 Damien Chouly crashing over first, closely followed by fullback Jean Baptiste Peyras just before half time. Both tries were converted by Lespinas to give the French a 14-10 lead at half time.

French domination continued into the second half, with Maxime Meddard picking up a try early on. Steenson brought Ireland back into the game with a penalty, but France s captain and scrum half Fabien Cibray gave France a solid lead. Spirited to the end, Corinthian s hooker Joe Merrigan reduced the deficit with a well-taken try in the final quarter, however France sealed their victory after some intense pressure with a try from Tibault Lacroix. Having finished runners up to New Zealand in last year s competition, Ireland, would have hoped for a better start to their tournament, however all sights now are firmly on Monday s clash with Samoa.

UCC winger Paul Hurley and Garryowen s Mark Melbourne got the nod for the starting line up, with UCC s Ross Noonan and Garryowen s Gerry Hurley on the bench. In total, there are six of Munster s young talents involved in the squad, six of whom are members of Garryowen FC with the remaining two from UCC. Forwards Anthony Kavanagh and Mark Melbourne are joined by club mates Conan Doyle at out half and scrum half Gerry Hurley, with winger Paul Hurley and back row player Ross Noonan from UCC completing the Munster involvement. Kavanagh, Melbourne, Doyle and Noonan are all members of the Munster Academy, with Gerry Hurley and Paul Hurley due to join the Academy shortly.

Ireland U21 Team v France (15) Ross McCarron (UCD), (14) Paul Hurley (UCC), (13) Andrew Trimble (Ballymena), (12) Greg Stafford (Lansdowne), (11) Paul McKenzie (Belfast Harlequins), (10) Gareth Steenson (Dungannon) (Capt), (9) Cillian Willis (UCD), (1) Gary Maxwell (Dungannon), (2) Stuart Philpott (Saracens), (3) John Andress (Belfast Harlequins), (4) Mark Melbourne (Garryowen), (5) Ryan Caldwell (Dungannon), (6) Kevin McLaughlin (UCD), (7) Chris Henry (Malone), (8) Stephen Ferris (Dungannon) Replacements: (16) Joseph Merrigan (Corinthians), (17) Ronan Loughney (Galwegians), (18) Ross Noonan (UCC), (19) Trevor Richardson (Buccaneers), (20) Gerry Hurley (Garryowen), (21) Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College), (22) Daniel Riordan (Corinthians)

France U-21: Jean-Baptiste Peyras (Section Paloise); Florian Denos (Toulouse), Vincent Roux (AS Clermont Auvergne), Sylvain Mirande (SU Agen), Maxime Medard (Toulouse); R gis Lespinas (CA Brive), Fabien Cibray (Section Paloise) (Capt); Pierre Lafond (US Montauban), Virgile Lacombe (Toulouse), Yohan Montes (Stade Fran ais), Damien Fevre (SU Agen), Lo c Jacquet (AS Clermont Auvergne), Marc Baget Rabarou (Biarritz Olympique), Fabien Alexandre (FC Grenoble), Damien Chouly (CA Brive). Replacements: Fr d ric Montagnat (CS Bourgoin-Jallieu), Alexandre Bastin (AS Clermont Auvergne), Aur lien Diotallevi (CS Bourgoin-Jallieu), G rald Gambetta (Lyon OU), Julien Tomas (RC Montpellier), Thibault Lacroix (Biarritz Olympique), Matthieu Bourret (USA Perpignan).

Management: Coach: Mark McDermott Assistant Coach: Niall Malone Manager: David Haslett Doctor: Eanna Falvey Physiotherapist: Tara O’Meara Masseur: Regina Flanagan Fitness Advisor: Brad Harrington Technical Advisor: Nigel Carolan Video Analyst: George Murray Baggage Master: John O’Hagan

IRB UNDER-21 WORLD CUP: Mendoza, Argentina Ireland fixtures: (all kick-offs Irish time (Argentina -4 hours))

Thursday, June 9: Ireland U-21 ? France U-21, Chacras RC, 7.00pm Monday, June 13: Ireland U-21 v Samoa U-21, Maristas RC, 7.00pm Friday, June 17: Ireland U-21 v South Africa U-21, Liceo RC, 7.00pm

Seedings (1-12): New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, Wales, France, England, Argentina, Scotland, Italy, Samoa, Canada


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