Ireland U20 Head Coach Noel McNamara has named his team to take on Japan on Sunday in the 11th/12th Place Play-Off at the World Rugby U20 World Championships, with the game taking place at the Stade de la Mediterranee in Béziers at 10.00am (Irish time).
McNamara makes a total of six changes to the starting side that suffered a 29-45 reversal last Tuesday’s against Scotland.
In the front-row Jack Aungier is back into the side, with hooker Dan Sheehan set to make his first U20s start; both will pack down beside Jordan Duggan.
Cormac Daly and Jack Dunne are named in the second-row.
Jack Daly will make his first start in a back-row that includes Caelan Doris (captain) and Matthew Agnew.
Jonny Stewartwill win his 19th U20s cap when he lines out in the number 9 jersey and partners out-half Harry Byrne.
Peter Sylvester and Seán O’Brien are the centres, with James Humeand 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.
Ireland U20 Team:
- Michael Lowry (Banbridge/Ulster), 14. James Hume (Banbridge /Ulster), 13. Seán 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 (captain) (St. Mary’s College/Leinster).
Ireland U20 Replacements
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)
The Ireland U20 side lost its three Pool games in the competition, losing 26-24 to hosts France, followed by defeats against South Africa (30-17) and Georgia (24-20) respectively, before a heavy 45-29 defeat to Scotland at Stade Aime-Giral in Perpignan in the 9th place semi-final.