Liveblog: Ireland U20s v England U20s

Liveblog: Ireland U20s v England U20s
By Colman Stanley Updated
The Ireland U20s - who are sponsored by PwC Ireland - play the England U20s tonight in Verona in the final group stage fixture in the U20s Six Nations Summer Series. It's been a challenging tournament for Richie Murphy's men. Ireland were in a very difficult group and have suffered defeats to France and South Africa in their first two outings. Tonight will not be any easier, as England lay in wait.
You can follow all of the developments on our liveblog.

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.



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.

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