Ireland Under-20s secure fifth place at World Championship

Ireland Under-20s 18 France Under-20s 7

Ireland Under-20s 18 France Under-20s 7

JJ Hanrahan kicked the Ireland Under-20s past France as they secured fifth spot at the IRB Junior World Championship.

The Junior Player of the Year nominee slotted six penalties in Cape Town to guide Ireland to their second win of the year over the French.

Mike Ruddock’s side were 6-0 ahead at the break and Hanrahan gradually tightened their grip on the game, although Gael Fickou sneaked in for a try in the final quarter.

IRELAND U-20: Peter Nelson (Dungannon/Ulster); Barry Daly (UCD/Leinster), Stuart Olding (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Chris Farrell (Dungannon/Ulster), Foster Horan (Lansdowne/Leinster); JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemians/Munster), Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht); Des Merrey (Clontarf/Leinster), Niall Scannell (Dolphin/Munster) (capt), Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster), Alan O'Connor (UCD/Leinster), Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Leinster), Iain Henderson (Queen's University/Ulster), Jordan Coghlan (UCD/Leinster), Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster).

Replacements: James Rael (Garryowen/Munster), Peter Reilly (Lansdowne/Leinster), Jake Cawley (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Shane Buckley (Garryowen/Munster), Aaron Conneely (Corinthians/Connacht), Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster), Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht), Conor Finn (Buccaneers/Connacht).

FRANCE U-20: Theo Platon (Biarritz Olympique); Vincent Martin (Toulon), Jonathan Danty (Stade Francais), Gael Fickou (Toulon), Bastien Fuster (Bayonne); Thomas Laranjeira (Brive), Eric Escande (Montpellier); Jefferson Poirot (Brive), Jean-Charles Fidinde (Clermont Auvergne), Pascal Cotet (Perpignan), Pierre Gayraud (Perpignan), Paul Jedrasiak (Clermont Auvergne), Julien Kazubek (Clermont Auvergne), Kelian Galletier (Montpellier), Karl Chateau (Toulouse) (capt).

Replacements: Raphael Carbou (Perpignan), Jean-Baptiste Custoja (Perpignan), Khatchik Vartanov (Racing Metro 92), Johan Aliouat (Toulon), Etienne Quiniou (Dax), Enzo Selponi (Montpellier), Jimmy Yobo (Aurillac), Alexandre Derrien (Bourgoin).

Referee: Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)


Ireland U-20s: Pens: JJ Hanrahan 6

France U-20s: Try: Gael Fickou; Con: Enzo Selponi

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CourtsRugbyHeathrowPlace: Cape TownPlace: ArgentinaPerson: JJ HanrahanPerson: Mike RuddockPerson: HanrahanPerson: Gael FickouPerson: Peter NelsonPerson: Barry DalyPerson: Stuart OldingPerson: Chris FarrellPerson: Foster HoranPerson: Kieran MarmionPerson: Des MerreyPerson: Niall ScannellPerson: Tadhg FurlongPerson: Alan O'ConnorPerson: Tadhg BeirnePerson: Iain HendersonPerson: Jordan CoghlanPerson: Jack ConanPerson: James RaelPerson: Peter ReillyPerson: Jake CawleyPerson: Shane BuckleyPerson: Aaron ConneelyPerson: Luke McGrathPerson: Jack CartyPerson: Conor FinnPerson: Theo PlatonPerson: Vincent MartinPerson: Jonathan DantyPerson: Bastien FusterPerson: Thomas LaranjeiraPerson: Eric EscandePerson: Jefferson PoirotPerson: Jean-Charles FidindePerson: Pascal CotetPerson: Pierre GayraudPerson: Paul JedrasiakPerson: Julien KazubekPerson: Kelian GalletierPerson: Karl ChateauPerson: Raphael CarbouPerson: Jean-Baptiste CustojaPerson: Khatchik VartanovPerson: Johan AliouatPerson: Etienne QuiniouPerson: Enzo SelponiPerson: Jimmy YoboPerson: Alexandre DerrienPerson: Francisco PastranaEvent: World Championship Ireland Under-20sEvent: IRB Junior World ChampionshipEvent: Ireland Under-20sEvent: U-20Organisation: FranceOrganisation: Ireland Under-20sOrganisation: IrelandOrganisation: Ireland UOrganisation: DungannonOrganisation: UlsterOrganisation: UCDOrganisation: LeinsterOrganisation: Belfast HarlequinsOrganisation: LansdowneOrganisation: UL BohemiansOrganisation: MunsterOrganisation: CorinthiansOrganisation: ConnachtOrganisation: ClontarfOrganisation: DolphinOrganisation: Queen's UniversityOrganisation: Old BelvedereOrganisation: GarryowenOrganisation: BuccaneersOrganisation: Biarritz OlympiqueOrganisation: ToulonOrganisation: Stade FrancaisOrganisation: BriveOrganisation: MontpellierOrganisation: Clermont AuvergneOrganisation: PerpignanOrganisation: ToulouseOrganisation: Racing Metro 92Organisation: Dax

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