IRELAND U20 head coach Richie Murphy has announced his choice for tomorrow’s match with Italy at Musgrave Park [KO 8.00pm, Virgin Media Two].
The hosts will strive for three wins out of three in this campaign of six nations, while the Italians will arrive in Cork, encouraged by the victory over England.
Murphy chose the same group with which two weeks ago began a slight victory in France, and as captain again became a flanker Ruben Crosers.
All four personnel adjustments were made to the back line, and Matthew Devine returned to the fray to replace Ethan Cafflan.
Chey Mullins and Fion Gibbons are named on the wings, while Aitzol King and Shane Mellon appear, and Jude Postletwaite takes Daniel Hawkshaw’s place in the center.
“We had another good week of training in preparation for what we know will be a difficult task,” Murphy said. “Italy won a brilliant victory over England last time-out, and of course this week we will need to step it up in front of our home fans.
“The atmosphere in Musgrave Park at the match against Wales was memorable and it pushed the whole band to the fact that behind this shoulders is this vocal and strong support at home. We are excited to return to Cork on Friday night and hopefully expand our performances to date. ”
Ireland U20 (against Italy):
15. Patrick Campbell (Young Munster RFC / Munster)
14. Chey Mullins (Bristol Bears / IQ Rugby)
13. Jude Postletwaite (Banbridge RFC / Ulster)
12. Ben Brownley (UCD RFC / Leinster)
11. Fillon Gibbons (UCD RFC / Leinster)
10. Charlie Tector (Lansdown / Leinster)
9. Matthew Devine (Galway Corinthians RFC / Connacht)
1. Jack Boyle (UCD RFC / Leinster)
2. James McCormick (Ballymena RFC / Ulster)
3. Rory McGuire (UCD RFC / Leinster)
4. Conar O’Tigern (UCD RFC / Leinster)
5. Mark Morrissey (UCD RFC / Leinster)
6. James McNabney (Ballymena RFC / Ulster)
7. Ruben Croters (Ballynahinch RFC / Ulster – Captain)
8. James Calhain (UCD RFC / Leinster)
16. Josh Hanlan (Ballynahinch RFC / Ulster)
17. Eisen Michelle (Lansdown / Leinster)
18. Darra McSweeney (Shannon RFC / Munster)
19. Adam McName (Malone RFC / Ulster)
20. Lorcan McLaughlin (Queen Belfast University / Ulster)
21. Ethan Kaflan (Shannon RFC / Munster)
22. Tony Butler (Garrioven / Münster)
23. Dylan O’Grady (UCD RFC / Leinster)