Irish rugby U20s team to face All Blacks; kick-off Saturday 1.30pm Live on TG4

Irish rugby U20s Head Coach Nigel Carolan has named his team to face All Blacks in the U20s Championship, kick-off Saturday 1.30pm live on TG4.

There is one change to the side that took to the field against Wales, with prop Ben Betts wearing the number 3 jersey in place of the injured Conor Kenny, who has returned home following a shoulder injury he suffered in the opening minutes of the Wales game.

James Bollard comes on to the bench as one of the replacement props. The remainder of the team that defeated Wales 26-25 on Tuesday is unchanged. The side will again be captained by Lansdowne and Leinster second-row James Ryan.

Vakh Abdaladze is the only uncapped member of the side and he will be looking to win his first Ireland U20 cap from the bench.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s match, Carolan said;

“It was very pleasing to open the Championships with the win over Wales on Tuesday. While we gave them a big lead early on, I felt that we showed fantastic ambition and fight to get back into the game and we were patient to close out the win in the end.

“New Zealand is a massive game for us. They had a comprehensive win over Georgiaon Tuesday so they will be going into this game full of confidence. Our players have recovered well over the last number of days and are looking forward to the challenge against the current world champions.”

Ireland U20 v New Zealand U20. 
Manchester City Academy Stadium, Saturday 11th June 2016, 1.30pm.
15. Jacob Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins / Ulster)
14. Matthew Byrne (Terenure / Leinster)
13. Shane Daly (Cork Con / Munster)
12. Conor O’Brien (Clontarf / Leinster)
11. Hugo Keenan (UCD / Leinster)
10. Bill Johnston (Garryowen / Munster)
9. Stephen Kerins (Sligo / Connacht)
1. Andrew Porter (UCD / Leinster)
2. Adam McBurney (Ballymena / Ulster)
3. Ben Betts (Young Munster / Munster)
4. Cillian Gallagher (Sligo / Connacht)
5. James Ryan (Lansdowne / Leinster) Captain
6. Greg Jones (UCD / Leinster)
7. David Aspil (St. Mary’s RFC / Leinster)
8. Max Deegan (Lansdowne / Leinster)

16. Vincent O’Brien (Cork Con / Munster)
17. James Bollard (Dublin University / Leinster
18. Vakh Abdaladze (Clontarf / Leinster)*
19. Sean O’Connor (Cashel / Munster)
20. Kelvin Brown (Shannon / Munster)
21. Niall Saunders (Epsom College / Exile)
22. Johnny McPhillips (Queens University / Ulster)
23. Jimmy O’Brien (UCD / Leinster)


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