Covid may have caused the postponement of the U20 Six Nations this winter, but an exciting summer of rugby is in store for Ireland's future rugby stars. The U20s Six Nations will take place across June and July in Cardiff in a round robin format. It should be a brilliant tournament, and considering the summery conditions, it should be a fantastic opportunity for attacking, high-energy rugby. Ireland kick off their U20 Six Nations campaign against Scotland on 19 June.
The Ireland U20s - who are sponsored by PwC - are playing a tune-up game for that tournament against the Munster A's tomorrow afternoon at the IRFU High Performance Centre. Today coach Richie Murphy named the 26-man squad who'll line out for the match.
Ireland U20s (v Munster ‘A’):
15. Jamie Osborne (Naas RFC/Leinster)
14. Conor Rankin (Malone RFC/Ulster)
13. Shane Jennings (Buccaneers RFC/Connacht)
12. Cathal Forde (Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
11. Chay Mullins (Bristol Bears/IQ Rugby)
10. James Humphreys (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)
9. Nathan Doak (Banbridge RFC/Ulster)
1. George Saunderson (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)
2. Ronan Loughnane (UCD RFC/Leinster)
3. Mark Donnelly (Garryowen RFC/Munster)
4. Mark Morrissey (UCD RFC/Leinster)
5. Harry Sheridan (Dublin University FC/Ulster)
6. Jack Kelleher (UCC RFC/Munster)
7. Oisin McCormack (Buccaneers RFC/Connacht)
8. Alex Kendellen (UCC RFC/Munster).
16. Eoin de Buitléar (An Ghaeltacht/Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
17. Temi Lasisi (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)
18. Sam Illo (Old Wesley RFC/Leinster)
19. Diarmuid McCormack (Dublin University FC/Connacht)
20. Reuben Crothers (Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster)
21. Ben Murphy (Old Wesley RFC/Leinster)
22. Tim Corkery (UCD RFC/Leinster)
23. Josh O’Connor (UCD RFC/Leinster)
24. Donnacha Byrne (Sligo RFC/Connacht)
25. Ben Carson (Banbridge RFC/Ulster)
26. Chris Cosgrave (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Interestingly the Munster side named features Jack Crowley and Dan Ahern, two stars of Ireland's U20 Six Nations campaign.
Last week the Ireland U20s drew with the Leinster A's 14-14.