Ireland U20s name team for France match

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Ireland U20 head coach Mike Ruddock has named his squad for the second match of the U20 Six Nations Championship. Ireland face France on Saturday in Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.

Ireland make three changes to the starting line-up that beat Wales 11-6 last weekend in Athlone.

Barry Daly broke a thumb in last week’s match and will be replaced by Conor Finn. Daly underwent surgery and Sunday and should miss six weeks.

Centre Chris Farrell and scrum-half Luke McGrath are promoted from the bench and make their first starts in the tournament.

Diarmuid Higgins will also take Jake Cawley’s place on the bench. Cawley picked up a knock against Wales but should be fit in time to face Italy.

Kieran Marmion and Foster Horan have been named on the bench.

Ireland Under – 20 Team (v France Under – 20, RBS 6 Nations, Stade Des Alpes, Grenoble – February 11th, 14.15 GMT)
15 Shane Layden (Buccaneers – Connacht)
14 Conor Finn (Buccaneers – Connacht)
13 Chris Farrell (Dungannon – Ulster)
12 JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemian – Munster)
11 Sam Coghlan – Murray (UCD – Leinster)
10 Paddy Jackson (Dungannon – Ulster) (C)
9 Luke McGrath (UCD – Leinster)
1 Kyle McCall (Ballynahinch – Ulster)
2 Niall Scannell (Dolphin – Munster)
3 Peter Reilly (Lansdowne – Leinster)
4 Iain Henderson (QUB – Ulster)
5 Daniel Qualter (Buccaneers – Connacht)
6 Conor Gilsenan (UCD – Leinster)
8 Jack Conan (Old Belvedere – Leinster)
7 Aaron Conneely (Corinthians – Connacht)

16 Des Merrey (Clontarf – Leinster)
17 James Rael (Garryowen – Munster)
18 Diarmuid Higgins (Buccaneers – Connacht)
19 Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne – Leinster)
20 Jordan Coughlan (UCD – Leinster)
21 Kieran Marmion (Corinthians – Connacht)
22 Cathal Marsh (Dublin University – Leinster)
23 Foster Horan (Lansdowne – Leinster)

Ireland Under-20 RBS 6 Nations Fixtures 2012 (All Kick-off Times GMT):
Sat 11th Feb 14:15 France U20 v Ireland U20 Grenoble
Fri 24th Feb 19:05 Ireland U20 v Italy U20 Dubarry Park
Fri 9th Mar 19:05 Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 Dubarry Park
Fri 16th Mar 20:05 England U20 v Ireland U20 Adams Park


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