Joe Dunleavy retains his place on Ireland U-20 team for game against England

Staff reporter


Staff reporter

Joe Dunleavy retains his place on Ireland U-20 team for game against England

Joe Dunleavy

Letterkenny's Joe Dunleavy has retained his place at wing forward for the England v Ireland U-20 final Six Nationals game on Friday night at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Dunleavy had a very good debut at Donnybrook on Friday night last in the 30-25 win over Scotland, playing until the 73rd minute.
Head Coach Noel McNamara has made four personnel changes, and one positional switch to the side that started last Friday night.
There are three changes to the front-row, with props Jordan Duggan and Jack Aungier starting alongside hooker Eoghan Clarke.
Matthew Dalton and Jack Dunne are in the second-row and in the back-row, flankers Joe Dunleavy and Matthew Agnew pack down with Number 8 Jack O’Sullivan.
In the backs, James Hume will start on the right wing, with Angus Kernohan switching to the left side.
The remainder of the backline is unchanged, with scrum-half, Hugh O’Sullivan partnering out-half Harry Byrne, Angus Curtis is alongside Captain Tommy O’Brien in the centres and Michael Silvester is at full-back.
Mullingar man Sean O’Brien will be looking to win is first U20 cap from the replacements, and he provides cover in the backs alongside scrum-half Jonny Stewart and Conor Dean.
Diarmuid Barron, James French and Tom O’Toole provide front-row cover, with
Ronan Coffey and Sean Masterson completing the forward substitutes.

On confirmation of the side, McNamara said;
"It was good to come away with the bonus point win last Friday in Donnybrook, and while there are areas of our game we can improve on, the result has left us in a good place ahead of Friday’s fixture.
England are always a stiff challenge at this level and it’s set to be a great opportunity for the players, but one I know they are excited for."
The game will be broadcast live by Sky Sports, with coverage beginning at 7.45pm.
Ireland U20 v England U20, U20 Six Championship, Friday 16th March, Ricoh Arena. Kick-Off: 8.00pm

15. Michael Silvester (Dublin University FC/Leinster) (8)
14. James Hume (Banbridge RFC/Ulster) (2)
13. Tommy O’Brien (UCD RFC/Leinster) Captain (9)
12. Angus Curtis (Queen’s University RFC/Ulster) (4)
11. Angus Kernohan (Ballymena RFC/Ulster) (4)
10. Harry Byrne (UCD RFC/Leinster) (3)
9. Hugh O’Sullivan (Clontarf FC/Leinster) (3)
1. Jordan Duggan (Naas RFC/Leinster) (8)
2. Eoghan Clarke (Wanderers FC/Leinster) (2)
3. Jack Aungier (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster) (4)
4. Matthew Dalton (Malone RFC/Ulster) (2)
5. Jack Dunne (Dublin University FC/Leinster) (4)
6. Joe Dunleavy (Malone RFC/Ulster) (1)
7. Matthew Agnew (Ballymena RFC/Ulster) (3)
8. Jack O’Sullivan (UCC RFC/Munster) (4)

16. Diarmuid Barron (Garryowen FC/Munster) (4)
17. James French (UCC RFC/Munster) (4)
18. Tom O’Toole (Banbridge RFC/Ulster) (4)
19. Ronan Coffey (Shannon/Munster) (1)
20. Sean Masterson (Corinthians RFC/Connacht) (7)
21. Jonny Stewart (Queen’s University RFC/Ulster) (13)
22. Conor Dean (St.Mary’s College RFC/Leinster) (8)
23. Sean O’Brien (Clontarf FC/Leinster) (0)

IRELAND U20 Six Nations Fixtures and Results 2018
Friday 2rd February 2018
France U20 34 - 24 Ireland U20, Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Friday 9th February 2018
Ireland U20 38-34 Italy U20, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin

Friday 23rd February 2018
Ireland U20 38-41 Wales U20, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin

Saturday 9th March 2018
Ireland U20 30-25 Scotland U20, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin

Friday 16th March 2018
England U20 v Ireland U20, 8pm, Ricoh Arena, Coventry