Noel McNamara has named an exciting Irish side for the opening U20 Six Nations clash against England at Irish Independent Park on Friday.
The Ireland team, sponsored by PWC, have a huge opening tie against last year's World Rugby Championship finalists. Captain and Leinster academy prospect David Hawkshaw will start at centre to accommodate Harry Byrne, brother of Ross, at out-half.
Leinster rugby's latest star Scott Penny starts in the back row alongside John Hodnett and Martin Moloney. The front-row sees Josh Wycherley and Thomas Clarkson start alongside Connacht hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin, who wins his second U20 cap having made his debut at last season’s U20 World Championships.
📄 Here is your Ireland U20 squad to face England this Friday in Irish Independent Park
🏟️ - Irish Independent Park
🏴 - Friday 1st February
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— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) January 30, 2019
England have also named their team with Harlequins’ Marcus Smith, who has played both Premiership and European rugby, set to start.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) January 30, 2019