Grand Slam Beckons For Elwood’s U20s.
16th March 2007 By Munster Rugby
For the first time in this year’s Six Nations U20 Championship, Ireland coach Eric Elwood has named an unchanged side for the clash with Italy today (Friday), in Santa Colomba Stadium, Benevento (kick-off 1.30pm Irish time).
The U20’s clinched the Triple Crown last weekend with a 31 – 8 victory over Scotland and now head into their final game against Italy looking to secure an unprecedented U20 Grand Slam.
Speaking about the task that faces his charges, Elwood said, “We all know what a great opportunity this is, but rather than focus on the prize at the end, we are looking for the players to focus on the performance”.
“In the last game against Scotland, we probably had a certain amount of nerves and we played a little bit within ourselves in the first half, but the second half was a vast improvement and near the levels of where we wanted. Italy will be a big challenge and will be very physical up front as they have shown in their previous games, so we have to be able to meet that challenge.
“Overall, the championship has allowed the players to really prosper and play to their potential and if they continue to do that, hopefully we will be on the right side of the result”.
15 – Felix Jones Seapoint/Leinster
14 – Shane Monahan Dublin University/Leinster
13 – Darren Cave Belfast Harlequins/Ulster
12 – Aidan Wynne Buccaneers/Connacht
11 – Keith Earls Thomond/Munster
10 – Ian Keatley UCD/Leinster
9 – Paul O’Donohoe UCD/Leinster
1 – Cian Healy Clontarf/Leinster
2 – Richard Sweeney St. Mary’s College/Leinster
3 – Jamie Hagan Greystones/Leinster
4 – Conor Mc Inerney UCD/Leinster
5 – Andrew Browne Galwegians/Connacht
6 – Thomas Anderson Dungannon/Ulster
7 – Kevin Sheahan UCD/Leinster
8 – David Pollock Captain QUB/Ulster
16 – Ger Slattery Young Munster/Munster
17 – Ruaidhri Murphy Lansdowne/Leinster
18 – Neilus Keogh UCC/Munster
19 – Eoghan Grace Shannon/Munster
20 – David Drake Ballymena/Ulster
21 – Niall O’Connor Belfast Harlequins/Ulster
22 – Kyle Tonetti Blackrock College/Leinster