The Irish U20’s side have been drawn in Pool B alongside England, Australia and Italy for this years U20 World Cup Rugby tournament to take place in Argentina this summer. Their opening game sees Noel McNamara’s side face England in Santa Fe on Tuesday, 4th of June.
This current crop of U20’s recorded an impressive 35-27 bonus point win over a much-fancied English side in Musgrave Park in Cork last month and have won their opening three Six Nations fixtures to set up a top of the table clash against the current World Cup holders France next Friday 8th March, in Irish Independent (Musgrave) Park.
Ireland u20’s had their best ever finish as runners-up in the 2016 version of the tournament held in Manchester. Nigel Carolan led a team featuring current Senior Internationals Jacob Stockdale, James Ryan & Andrew Porter all the way to the final, where they lost out to hosts England. But the U20’s have struggled to make an impression on the competition since then. They lost all three pool games in France in last years event. Going down to the hosts by 26-24 in their opening game, before defeats to the baby Boks (30-17) and Georgia (20-24). Indeed they required a playoff victory over Japan (39-30) to avoid relegation to Tier 2 for this year’s event.
In the other two pools the host nation Argentina, the holders France, Wales and Fiji have been drawn in pool A. Meanwhile New Zealand, South Africa, Scotland and Georgia will contest pool C.
Irelands Fixture’s in full are:
IRELAND U20 v England U20
Tuesday, June 4th @3:30pm (7:30pm Irish time)
IRELAND U20 v AUSTRALIA U20
Saturday, June 8th @10:30am (2:30pm Irish time)
IRELAND U20 v ITALY U20
Wednesday, June 12th @10:30am (2:30pm Irish time)