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Four Ireland U20s Players Who Made A Big Impression In Their Win Over Wales

Four Ireland U20s Players Who Made A Big Impression In Their Win Over Wales
By Colman Stanley Updated
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Following Ireland's 44-27 win over Wales in Colwyn Bay, we've taken a look at four players who stood out in a fiercely entertaining game which saw nine tries over the 80 minutes.

Brian Gleeson

We wrote about Gleeson's hurling roots earlier in the week, and some of those deft GAA handling skills were on show last night from a man who towered over most of those on the pitch.

He plays in a similar style to Munster's ball-carrying no. 8 expert Gavin Coombes, and secured a well deserved man-of-the-match.

His involvement in RuadhΓ‘n Quinn's second-half score was one of the highlights of the night.

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Sam Prendergast

The Leinster outhalf already has a fairly stacked U20s highlight reel after a breakthrough Six Nations Nations Summer Series in Italy, and added to it again against the Welsh.

On top of that he marshalled his troops well, was assured from off the tee, and remained a calming presence even when Ireland were severely under the cosh in the first-half.

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His step and offload assist for James Nicholson's try was outrageously good.

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James McNabney

The Ulsterman was one of three players returning from last year's Grand Slam winning squad, and showed off his carrying skills and athleticism in the first-half with line breaks and bulldozing runs, helping Ireland keep in touch within touching distance of the fast starting home side.

He is the epitome of a modern six, tall, athletic, quick, in the mould of Itoje/Lawes/Baird.

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3 February 2023; James McNabney of Ireland in action against Archie Hughes of Walesduring the U20 Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Wales and Ireland at Stadium Zip World in Colwyn Bay, Wales. Photo by Paul Greenwood/Sportsfile

Paddy McCarthy

McCarthy was another one of the few men who really impressed in a first-half that was largely disappointing but featured a few flashes of Ireland's powerful potential.

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At the heart of this was the brother of Ireland international Joe McCarthy, and the tighthead prop impressed in the scrum and touched down for a try of his own in the opening 40.

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