No change for Clarke’s U-20s

IRISH U-20 coach Allen Clarke has kept faith with the sides which started against Italy and France for tomorrow night’s clash with England at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester (7.45pm).

Clarke’s side defeated the Italians but were beaten away to the French (20-15). Now the coach is desperate for a returning to winning ways this week.

Clarke said: “Overall we were pleased with the performance against France. We were disappointed with the result but we created several chances in very difficult conditions and we will look to improve our accuracy levels for the next game.”

Allen has made just one change to the bench where Shannon’s Duncan Casey replaces UCD’s David Doyle.

IRELAND: A Conway (Blackrock College/Leinster), D Hudson (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), B Macken (Blackrock/Leinster), N Spence (Ballynahinch/Ulster), S Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster), J McKinney (Queen’s University/Ulster), J Cooney (UCD /Leinster), B Cagney (UCC/Munster), N Annett (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), J O’Connell (Lansdowne/Leinster), D O’Callaghan (UCC/Munster), B Marshall (UCD/Leinster), R Ruddock (UCD/Leinster), (c), D Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster), P Butler (Shannon/Munster).

Replacements: D Casey (Shannon/Munster), S Maguire (Old Belvedere/ Leinster), B Hayes (Cork Constitution/Munster), R O’Sullivan (Bective Rangers/Leinster), M Heaney (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), B Kingston (Blackrock/Leinster), E Griffin (Corinthians/Connacht).


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