Ireland make five changes for Springbok clash

Ireland under 20 coach Mike Ruddock has made five changes to the team which lost to England last Friday.

Perhaps the biggest change is at fly-half, where Ulster’s Paddy Jackson – a regular starter in this side- has been pushed to the bench by James McKinney.

McKinney came on as substitute in Treviso and impressed greatly as he kicked Ireland into a late lead before they succumbed to England’s abundant power.

With South Africa the opposition, Ruddock is wary of the forward power Tuesday evening’s clash will pit against them.

“We have looked closely at South Africa,” Said Ruddock, “they present another massive challenge. Typically they are a big and very physical side combine that with a four day turnaround and it is important that we introduce some freshness into our team.

“As such I have made five changes to the team that played England. The players coming in are all experienced age grade internationals and they will be keen to perform on the big stage.”

Ahead of McKinney, the pack will see two fresh bodies drafted in: Daniel Qualter (in place of Iain Henderson) and Aaron Connelly are picked in preference to Dominic Gallagher.

Behind the scrum the impressive Luke Marshall is forced to join Jackson on the bench. JJ Hanrahan will take his place in the centre and the back three will be reshuffled to allow Tiernan O’Halloran stake a claim at fullback.

Ireland u20 team to face South Africa:

(15 -9) Tiernan O’Halloran (Galwegians) Andrew Conway (Blackrock) Brendan Macken (Blackrock) JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemians) Craig Gilroy (Dungannon) James McKinney (Queens)
Kieran Marmion (UWIC)

(1 -8) James Tracy (UCD) Niall Annett (Belfast Harlequins) Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf) Michael Kearney (Clontarf) Daniel Qualter (Buccaneers) Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne) Aaron Connelly (Galway Corinthians) Eoin McKeon (Galwegians)

(Replacements) David Doyle (UCD) Conor Carey (Ballymena) Iain Henderson (Queens) Dominic Gallagher (Dublin University) Peter Du Toit (UCD) Paddy Jackson (Dungannon) Luke Marshall (Ballymena) will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.


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