Ireland U20 name squad for opener

Ireland U20 have named their side for their opener at this year’s World Rugby U20 Championship against Argentina in Parma.

Joey Carberry makes his first start for the Irish U20 side, he is at fly half with rising star Garry Ringrose at outside centre and former Exile and key player for the young Irish side, Lorcan Dow, starts at number 8.

Bar Carberry the entire backline is the same that started Ireland final 6 Nations game against Scotland, with scrum half Nick McCarthy captaining the side.

In the pack Oisin Heffernan and Rory Moloney are the only alterations from that game, both sides were a part of last year’s Junior World Championship squad.

Speaking ahead of the game, Ringrose said:

“Argentina up first, they’ll be a physical side like any Argentinian team, very set piece orientated. It’s a huge challenge and we’re not going to look too far ahead (to Scotland and New Zealand).”

“We’re just focusing on Argentina and hopefully we can get the ball rolling on Tuesday. If we get a good start similar to the Six Nations, hopefully we’ve learnt from the Six Nations and can carry on from there.”

Ireland U20 v Argentina U20 – Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma, tomorrow 15.30.

Ireland U20:

15. Billy Dardis (UCD/Leinster)

14. Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht)

13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)

12. Sam Arnold (Ballynahinch/Ulster)

11. Stephen Fitzgerald (Shannon/Munster)

10. Joey Carbery (UCD/Leinster)

9. Nick McCarthy (UCD/Leinster) (capt)

1. Jeremy Loughman (UCD/Leinster)

2. Zack McCall (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)

3. Oisin Heffernan (Terenure College/Leinster)

4. David O’Connor (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)

5. Alex Thompson (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)

6. Josh Murphy (UCD/Leinster)

7. Rory Moloney (Buccaneers/Connacht)

8. Lorcan Dow (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)

Replacements:

16. Sean McNulty (UCD/Leinster)

17. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster)

18. Conan O’Donnell (Sligo/NUIG/Connacht)

19. Jack Dwan (UCD/Leinster)

20. Nick Timoney (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)

21. Charlie Rock (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

22. Tomás Quinlan (Cork Constitution/Munster)

23. Jacob Stockdale (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)

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