Ireland U20s Named For Japan Clash
16th June 2018 By The Editor
Head Coach Noel McNamara has named the Ireland U20s to take on Japan tomorrow in the 11th/12th Place Play-Off at the World Rugby U20 World Championships.
Ireland’s last game of the tournament takes place at the Stade de la Mediterranee in Béziers at 10am (Irish time) / 11am (local time) on Sunday.
Two Munster players are selected with Peter Sylvester in the centres and Jack Daly making his first start in the back row. Hooker Diarmuid Barron misses out through injury.
There are six changes to the starting side from Tuesday’s game against Scotland.
In the front-row Jack Aungier comes back into the side, with hooker Dan Sheehan making his first U20s start, they pack down alongside Jordan Duggan.
Cormac Daly starts alongside Jack Dunne in the second-row.
Daly makes his first start, in a back-row that includes captain Caelan Doris and Matthew Agnew.
Jonny Stewart is set for his 19th U20s cap, and he will line out in the number 9 jersey and partners out-half Harry Byrne.
Sylvester and Sean O’Brien again line out in the centres, with James Hume and Tommy O’Brien on the wings.
Michael Lowry will win his first U20 cap from full-back.
Connacht and Corinthians hooker Dylan Tierney will look to win his first U20 cap from the bench, he has replaced the injured Diarmuid Barron in the squad.
Ahead of the game, McNamara said: “This isn’t a position we imagined we’d be in, but we know how important it’s going to be to get the win tomorrow.
“Japan showed on Tuesday that they are a tough outfit and it took a late Georgia try to beat them, so we are aware of the threats they pose.
“There’s a huge amount on the line tomorrow and everyone involved is fully focused on getting the result.”
The match will be broadcast live by Eir Sport in the Republic of Ireland and online in non-geoblocked locations via World Rugby’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WordlRugby) and website (www.worldrugby.org).
Diarmuid Barron, Aaron Hall and Michael Silvester have all been ruled out of tomorrow’s game through injury and have returned home.
Dylan Tierney has replaced Diarmuid Barron in the squad.
Ireland v Japan, World Rugby U20 World Championship 11th/12th Place Play-Off (Stade de la Mediterranee, Béziers, Sunday, 17th June, 10am Irish time)
15 Michael Lowry (Banbridge/Ulster)
14 James Hume (Banbridge /Ulster)
13 Sean O’Brien (Clontarf/Leinster)
12 Peter Sylvester (UCC/Munster)
11 Tommy O’Brien (UCD/Leinster)
10 Harry Byrne (UCD/Leinster)
9 Jonny Stewart (Queen’s University/Ulster)
1 Jordan Duggan (Naas/Leinster)
2 Dan Sheehan (Dublin University/Leinster)
3 Jack Aungier (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
4 Cormac Daly (Clontarf/Leinster)
5 Jack Dunne (Dublin University/Leinster)
6 Jack Daly (Garryowen FC/Munster)
7 Matthew Agnew (Ballymena/Ulster)
8 Caelan Doris (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) (C)
16 Dylan Tierney (Corinthians/Connacht)*
17 Jakub Wojtkowicz (Sligo RFC/Connacht)
18 Joe Byrne (Dublin University/Leinster)
19 Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster)
20 Joe Dunleavy (Malone/Ulster)
21 Hugh O’Sullivan (Clontarf/Leinster)
22 Conor Dean (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)
23 Tom Roche (Lansdowne/Leinster)
*Denotes uncapped at this level.
11th-12th Place Play-Off
Ireland v Japan
Stade De La Mediterranee in Béziers.
1.000am (Irish time) /11.00am (local) Sunday 17th June 2018