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    Elwood has the quality available to tackle France.
    <DIV =LeadPara>U-20 International/Ireland v France, Dubarry Park, Athlone Kick-off: 7.30pm: Here's what we know. The French arrive at this secluded midlands venue after ransacking the Italians, scoring six tries and, equally important, six conversions from Toulouse outhalf Romain Sola in the process. </DIV>
    <DIV =LeadPara>The Irish camp have unearthed precious little information on their opponents but a perusal of French club websites reveals a gargantuan pack with a decent spread of European Cup experience from this season. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Eric Elwood, in his first significant coaching role, has been handed a spine of quality players, in particular, captain David Pollack of Queen's University. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>It's now up to the 35-times capped former international outhalf and his assistant, Dan McFarland, to prove their worth. The raw materials are in place. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Pollack switches from the openside flank to number eight in the absence of the injured Seán O'Brien, which is hardly a disruptive measure as Tommy O'Donnell was introduced for O'Brien in the early stages of last Friday's 17-15 victory in Swansea. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Leinster Academy loosehead Cian Healy makes his first appearance at this age grade. The former Belvedere schoolboy is seen as a world-class prop in the making but the 18 stone 12 pounds of Agen tighthead Benjamin Sore will provide the most rigorous challenge of a fledgling career. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Providing the Irish pack deliver sufficient possession, halfbacks Paul O'Donohue and Ian Keatley - team-mates of Healy on the Leinster Schools' Cup winning side of 2005 - will create space for assassins likes Keith Earls and Darren Cave. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Keatley, a late bloomer, is gradually developing the reputation of a highly effective running outhalf. Also, Felix Jones at fullback proved an able replacement for Luke Fitzgerald last week when galloping over for two tries. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>The visitors look well equipped to inflict severe damage here but five of this team were on the Irish schools side that stood toe to toe with an intimidating French pack in 2005. They clinched the Triple Crown with a 9-3 victory. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>IRELAND: F Jones (Seapoint); S Monahan (Dublin University), D Cave (Belfast Harlequins), A Wynne (Buccaneers), K Earls (Thomond); I Keatley (UCD), P O'Donohue (UCD); C Healy (Clontarf), R Sweeney (St Mary's College), J Hagan (Greystones); C McInerney (St Mary's College), A Browne (Galwegians); T Anderson (Dungannon), T O'Donnell (UL Bohemians), D Pollack (QUB, capt). Replacements: G Slattery (Young Munster), R Murphy (Lansdowne), N Keogh (UCC), K Sheahan (UCD), D Drake (Ballymena), N O'Connor (Belfast Harlequins), K Tonetti (Blackrock College). </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>FRANCE: M Medard; Y Huget, T Combezou, A Mignardi, M Nicolas; R Sola, F Da Silva; D Weber, G Guirado, B Sore; D Lagrange, Sap; J Monribot, L Picamoles, F Ouedrago. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Referee: I Heard (Scotland). </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>(c) 2007, The Irish Times. </DIV>
    Seas suas agus troid!

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    Elwood rallies charges for French test as confident Irish hunt second win
    <DIV =LeadPara>IRELAND Under-20 coach Eric Elwood and his team are on a high after coming back from the brink to record a smash-and-grab 17-15 win over Wales last weekend. </DIV>
    <DIV =LeadPara>Elwood has made two changes in personnel and a further two positional switches for the game with France in Dubarry Park, Athlone tonight (7.30pm). </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Cian Healy comes in at loose-head prop in place of David Millard and Tommy O’Donnell moves up from the replacements to open-side flanker. Captain David Pollock moves to No 8 in place of hamstring injury victim Sean O’Brien and Kevin Sheahan comes into the replacements to fill O’Donnell’s position. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Commenting on the game, Elwood said: "Last week’s performance was the type of display I wanted from the team. They showed guts and character". </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Referring to the fact that Ireland fell 15 points behind inside the opening 30 minutes — and it could have been more after a bizarre decision not to award Wales another try — he noted: "To come back in the manner we did was tremendous. We showed some great skills in the process by taking the game to Wales after the pressure they put on us from the start. But this game is a different challenge, France will be just as strong, if not stronger, as Wales. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>"But playing at home is a big plus for us and we are looking forward to the atmosphere at a packed Dubarry Park. Hopefully, the local fans can make it as intimidating as possible and that we can give them a performance to shout about, like last week. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>"While we have lost Sean O’Brien to injury, the back row and the entire pack last week played exceptionally well. A lot of people stood up and took notice of our back line. Felix (Jones) stood out after coming in as a late replacement for Luke Fitzgerald. That was particularly encouraging," he added. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Jones, from Seapoint and Leinster, had a hard act to follow the highly-ranked Fitzgerald, who won a full cap against the Pacific Islands in November. Fitzgerald is tipped for a long senior international career, but Jones seized his chance brilliantly, scoring two superb tries after coming in to replace the injured full back. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>IRELAND U-20: F. Jones (Leinster), S. Monahan (Leinster), D. Cave (Ulster), A. Wynne (Connacht), K. Earls (Munster), I. Keatley (Leinster), P. O’Donoghue (Leinster), C. Healy (Leinster), R. Sweeney (Leinster), J. Hagan (Leinster), C. McInerney (Leinster), A. Browne (Connacht), T. Anderson (Ulster), D. Pollock (captain, Ulster), T. O’Donnell (Munster). </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Replacements: G. Slattery (Munster), R. Murphy (Leinster), N. Keogh (Munster), K. Sheahan (Leinster), D. Drake (Ulster), N. O’Connor (Ulster), K Tonetti (Leinster). </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>© Irish Examiner, 2007. Thomas Crosbie Media, TCH </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>The Irish Examiner</DIV>
    Seas suas agus troid!

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      #3


      <div>Irish Rugby.

      Ireland U20 Coach Eric Elwood has made four
      changes, two positional and two personnel, to the Ireland U20 team
      (sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers) to play France U20 in Dubarry
      Park, Athlone on Friday night.</div>
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      <div>Cian Healy comes in to the Ireland U 20s</div>
      <div>© www.inpho.ie</div>
      <div>@@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt;" lang="EN-IE">Cian Healy comes into loosehead prop in place of David Millard and Tommy O’Donnell moves up from the replacements to openside, with Captain David Pollock moving to No.8 in place of hamstring injury victim Sean O’Brien. Kevin Sheahan comes into the replacements to fill O’Donnell’s position.@@@@/SPAN>


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      @@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt;" lang="EN-GB">Commenting on the game, @@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold;">Coach Eric Elwood@@@@/SPAN> said, “@@@@SPAN style="font-style: italic;">Last
      weeks performance showed all the guts and character that I could have
      asked for from the lads. To come back in the manner we did was
      tremendous and we showed some great skills in the process by taking the
      game to@@@@/SPAN>
      @@@@/SPAN> @@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic;" lang="EN-GB">Wales@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic;" lang="EN-GB">after the pressure they put on us from the start”.@@@@/SPAN>


      @@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic;" lang="EN-GB">“This game is a different challenge and@@@@/SPAN> @@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic;" lang="EN-GB">France@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic;" lang="EN-GB">will be just as strong as@@@@/SPAN> @@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic;" lang="EN-GB">Wales@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic;" lang="EN-GB">, if not stronger. Playing at home is a big plus for us and we are really looking forward to the atmosphere of a packed@@@@/SPAN> @@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic;" lang="EN-GB">Dubarry@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic;" lang="EN-GB">Park@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic;" lang="EN-GB">. Hopefully the local fans can make it as intimidating as possible and that we can give them a performance to shout about”.@@@@/SPAN>
      @@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; font-style: italic;" lang="EN-GB">“While
      we have lost Sean O’Brien to injury, the back row and the entire pack
      last week played exceptionally well and certainly a lot of people stood
      up and took notice of our backline, with Felix (Jones) certainly standing out”.@@@@/SPAN>





      @@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; color: black;">The Ireland Under 20 team to play France Under 20 in the Six Nations Under 20 Championship on Friday, 9<sup>th</sup> February at 19.30hrs in@@@@/SPAN> @@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; color: black;">Dubarry@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; color: black;">Park@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN style="font-size: 10pt; color: black;">, Athlone is as follows:@@@@/SPAN>
      @@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 10pt;" lang="EN-IE"> Player Club/Province&nb
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        Irish Rugby

        <div ="line">Earls Looking To Light Up Athlone</div>
        <div ="date">8 February 2007, 5:38 pm</div>
        <div ="author">By Editor</div>
        <div ="abstract">Apprentice electrician Keith Earls is a live wire
        member of the Irish Under-20 side which takes on France, the U-21 world
        champions, at Dubarry Park tomorrow night.</div>
        <div ="image"></div>
        <div ="capti&#111;n">Keith Earls in the green of Ireland</div>
        <div ="copyright">© www.inpho.ie</div>
        <div ="article">While that task is daunting, Earls admitts it is
        "an unbelievable experience" to be part of what he considers to be "a
        great group of lads", under the coaching eye of experienced former
        international Eric Elwood.


        Though he played on the wing in last week's 17-15 win over Wales,
        the Moyross youngster, who is in his first year with the Munster
        Academy, favours playing at centre and he has great regard for Felix Jones who was Ireland's two-try hero in Swansea.


        Mixing his roles between rugby and being an apprentice electrician
        comes easy to the talented Thomond clubman who, in a typical week, does
        weights and speed work at the University of Limerick on Monday, then
        trains with the Munster senior squad on Tuesday and Thursday and works
        on his apprenticeship on Wednesday.


        Playing against Wales was a fantastic experience, he admitted, and
        ranked as high as playing in the Under-19 World Cup against England
        last year.


        Earls' main goal is to gain a place in the Munster senior team and, hopefully, to go on and play for Ireland at senior level.


        Of his present team-mates, he rates winger Shane Monahan and lock Andrew Browne as being particularly impressive players, along with Jones and team captain David Pollock. UCD's Ian Keatley, who sent over the match-winning drop goal against Wales, is the funny man of the squad.


        Looking to tomorrow's game, he said: "We've watched videos of France
        in action. They are physical and can also run with the ball when given
        the chance - it will be a tough game for us but we're confident of
        winning, especially at home. And Eric Elwood has been a great coach to
        us, I've learned a lot from him."


        The 19-year-old has played at Dubarry Park before, and thinks it is "a lovely ground to play at." Wales' Gareth Thomas
        is his favourite player to watch and the best player he has played
        with, he remarked, is, his own father Ger who scored that crucial try
        for Young Munster when they beat St. Mary's College in the All-Ireland
        League Division One final in 1993.


        "I was too young to attend that final at Lansdowne Road, but I have seen it many times since," added Keith, who cites Luke Fitzgerald as the best player he has played against so far in his career.


        Earls does not model his game on any particular player - "I have my
        own kind of game" - and is eagerly anticipating an Irish win in this
        year's senior Six Nations. "They have a great chance of winning it. The
        side is playing well and they possess a strong pack and excellent backs
        and this could be their year."


        Commenting on the AIB League, Earls admitted that predicting the
        Division One winner is difficult, but being a Limerick native, "it
        would be nice if UL Bohemians could manage it."


        Interestingly, the former St. Munchin's student admitted to having
        certain superstitions. "I always bring Rosary beads onto the pitch with
        me and I always switch to channel 3 on the telly before I turn it off."


        His proudest moment came when scoring a try against England at the
        U-19 World Cup, with his best ever coaching advice coming from one of
        his Thomond coaches, Martin Ryan - "keep your head down and play your own game."


        Earls, who has played at Thomond Park, his favourite g
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          #5
          i reckon earls will be on munster panels next year.the year playing AIL will stand to him. munster could do with a big star coming through in the backs and i reckon this is the guy.it'll be in the centre that he'll end up plaing
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            #6
            its a good team, plenty of talent to watch out for. is it on TV anywhere?
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              #7
              Surely he'll have to displace Barry Murphy if he's to play centre? Or do you think he'll be too good to leave out and will start at wing?
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                #8


                Originally posted by Upfront_1979
                its a good team, plenty of talent to watch out for. is it on TV anywhere?

                It was initially meant to be on BBC 2 NI, but then they remembered the A game was on so they are showing that instead, hopefully there'll be highlights on RTE on BBC at some point over the weekend, if not then maybe Against The Head of Monday.


                O'Brien will be a loss though Pollock can play anywhere in the back row. Frankly our U20s have no chance against the French U21s if we're honest...

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                  #9
                  Tommy O'Donnell stepped up well in place of O'Brien last week. I was quite impressed with him.

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                    #10


                    Originally posted by Cathal
                    Surely he'll have to displace Barry Murphy if he's to play centre? Or do you think he'll be too good to leave out and will start at wing?

                    i reckon he has the potential to be better than murphy yes,although i dont think it would be beyond him to play inside centre.hes a fairly powerful player.and hes still only 19 or so
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                      #11
                      why did the french bring an U21 team?
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                        #12
                        AFAIk the 6 nations is still officially U21, but the IRB have changed to U20, so some of the countries have decided to use U20's teams instead.
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                          #13



                          IRELAND U-20 19 FRANCE U-21 16
                          , Dubarry Park (Att: 3,000)


                          Scorers: Ireland: Try: Richard Sweeney; Con: Ian Keatley; Pens: Keatley 4

                          France: Try: Jean Monribot; Con: Romain Sola; Pens: Sola 2, Francois Trinh Duc


                          Keatley, the UCD and Leinster Academy out-half, held his nerve superbly to thump over an injury-time penalty, from the ten-metre line, and chalk up a second Six Nations win for Eric Elwood’s impressive young side.


                          The Irish, who were playing into a diagonal wind in the opening half, missed out on a deserved 17th-minute try when, after good work by Aidan Wynne and Felix Jones, Munster Academy player Keith Earls knocked on with the try line in sight.


                          But they did get over, twelve minutes later, when Keatley kicked a penalty to touch, Andrew Browne then claimed the lineout ball and a brilliant maul drive put hooker Richard Sweeney over for the try.


                          Keatley converted and added a penalty in first half injury-time, after a penalty brace from French number 10 Romain Sola.


                          10-6 in arrears at the break, the visitors, who are fielding their U-21 side in this competition, dominated for a short spell. They kicked a flurry of penalties to touch and flanker Jean Monribot eventually plunged over for a try.


                          Sola tagged on the extras but Elwood’s charges, impressive 17-15 winners in Wales last week, hit back in the final quarter. Keatley exchanged penalties with substitute Francois Trinh Duc as France lost lock Dorian Seve to the sin-bin for killing the ball.


                          Ireland took full advantage – Keatley swung over his third penalty of the night to draw his side level and took the ESB-sponsored man-of-the-match gong with his stunning kick at the death.


                          IRELAND U-20:
                          Felix Jones (Seapoint/Leinster); Shane Monahan (Dublin University/Leinster), Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Aidan Wynne (Buccaneers/Connacht), Keith Earls (Thomond/Munster); Ian Keatley (UCD/Leinster), Paul O’Donohoe (UCD/Leinster); Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Richard Sweeney (St. Mary's College/Leinster), Jamie Hagan (Greystones/Leinster), Conor McInerney (St. Mary's College/Leinster), Andrew Browne (Galwegians/Connacht), Thomas Anderson (Dungannon/Ulster), Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster), David Pollock (QUB/Ulster) (capt).


                          Replacements used:
                          Ger Slattery (Young Munster/Munster) for Sweeney (53 mins), Kevin Sheahan (UCD/Leinster) for O'Donnell (56), Ruaidhri Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) for Hagan (65), Kyle Tonetti (UCD/Leinster) for Wynne (79). Not used: Neilus Keogh (UCC/Munster), David Drake (Ballymena/Ulster), Niall O'Connor (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster).


                          FRANCE U-21:
                          Maxime Medard; Yoann Huget, Thomas Combezou, Arnaud Mignardi, Mathieu Nicolas; Romain Sola, Fabio Da Silva; Benjamin Sore, Guilhem Guirado, Damien Weber, Dorian Seve, Damien Lagrange, Jean Monribot, Fulgence Ouedraogo (capt), Louis Picamoles.


                          Replacements used:
                          Julien Andoque for Weber (46 mins), Julien Fumat for Medard, Francois Trinh Duc for Sola (both 51), Weber for Sore (5[img]smileys/cool.gif[/img], Cesar Damiani for Lagrange, Laurent Simutoga for Andoque (both 72), Maxime Carabignac for Da Silva (80). Not used: Benjamin Beaux.

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                            Rosary beads on the pitch? Are these a sophisticated form of knuckleduster?





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