After losing to South Africa, Ireland U20s coach Richie Murphy was forthright about Ireland's failings.
“We didn’t look after the ball well enough. We were a bit loose in our carry and our clean out.
“It’s a big learning curve for us, we’ve got a new group together, quite a few young lads have come in since the Six Nations.
“We’ll dust ourselves down and the great thing about a competition like this is that you have six days to turn it around and we have an opportunity to play against England.
“Hopefully we can tidy the lads up a little bit and fix a few things for that game.”
Murphy named a strong team to play England that features Munster's Patrick Cambell at fullback and Aitzol King and Dylan O'Grady on the wings. Reuben Crothers again captain the side.
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Ahead of the game, England head coach Alan Dickens commented:
"I've spoken to their coaches and Ireland have got a few missing players through injuries from the Six Nations, so that's certainly going to have weakened them.
"But we know that any side that Ireland puts on the pitch are going to be a quality side. You saw that they came back against South Africa and I know they'll certainly push us and that it will be another good contest.
"In the three years I've been coaching Under-20s, whether we've won or lost against Ireland it's a tough, tough game.