Like their senior counterparts, the Ireland U20s are four wins from four after an absolute thrashing of Scotland last weekend. The future of Irish rugby welcome England to their fortress Musgrave park this Sunday where they'll be looking to successfully defend their Grand Slam. We have all the info on how to watch Ireland U20s v England as well as all the latest team news and insights into what to expect on the day.
When is Ireland U20s v England?
Ireland U20s v England is set for 17:00 this Sunday the 19th of March in Musgrave Park, Cork.
How to watch Ireland U20s v England
Ireland U20s v England will be broadcast live on Virgin Media Two, with coverage beginning at 16:30 ahead of kick-off at 17:00
Just like last year and just like their senior counterparts, this Ireland side are heavy favourites to win it all come Sunday. They beat Scotland 82-7 in Scotstoun last weekend and are have won four from four this tournament to add to their five from last year. The U20s recorded comfortable wins against Italy and Wales as well, only struggling against the French who they pipped by just two.
On the other side, this England team are no pushovers, they've won three out of four and sit just four points behind Ireland in the standings. Their only loss came against France who sit even closer to Ireland separated by just three points. Despite their three other wins England struggled against France losing 42-7.
Since moving to Musgrave Park in 2019 Ireland U20s are yet to lose there and they'll be keen to maintain that record going into the weekend, Richie Murphy's men will also take huge confidence from their 75-point win in Scotland. This England side shouldn't be underestimated either, just four points behind Ireland they're playing for both the Triple Crown and an outside chance at winning the tournament. The stakes simply could not be higher for Ireland U20s v England and Sunday should deliver one of the most competitive games of the tournament with silverware for the winner guaranteed.
On Friday evening, coach Richie Murphy named his XV to play England, with three changes to the XV from the Scotland win. All of the big names who've starred for Ireland this campaign will feature. James Nicholson will start on the wing instead of Andrew Osborne, Paddy McCarthy steps in for Fiachna Barnett at tight head and Evan O'Connell loses out to Diarmuid Mangan.
The Ireland U20s Match Day Squad chasing a Grand Slam at a sold-out Musgrave Park! 🟢#FutureIsGreen | @PwCIreland
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) March 17, 2023
That's all the info you need on how to watch Ireland U20s v England in their Grand Slam decider this Sunday.
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