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    U-20’s V England

    One change for Ireland's U20s
    <DIV =LeadPara>There is one change to the starting Ireland U20 team to play the England U20s in Dubarry Park, Athlone on Friday night from the side that beat France 19-16 in their last game. </DIV>
    <DIV =LeadPara>Sean O’Brien has recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered in the opening game of the championship against Wales and returns to No.8. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>This means captain David Pollock moves from No.8 to openside, with Tommy O’Donnell moving back to the replacements instead of Kevin Sheahan. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Ireland Under 20 team: </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>15 - Felix Jones Seapoint/Leinster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>14 - Shane Monahan Dublin University/Leinster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>13 - Darren Cave Belfast Harlequins/Ulster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>12 - Aidan Wynne Buccaneers/Connacht </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>11 - Keith Earls Thomond/Munster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>10 - Ian Keatley UCD/Leinster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>9 - Paul O'Donohoe UCD/Leinster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>1 - Cian Healy Clontarf/Leinster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>2 - Richard Sweeney St. Mary’s College/Leinster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>3 - Jamie Hagan Greystones/Leinster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>4 - Conor Mc Inerney UCD/Leinster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>5 - Andrew Browne Galwegians/Connacht </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>6 - Thomas Anderson Dungannon/Ulster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>7 - David Pollock Captain QUB/Ulster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>8 - Sean O’Brien UCD/Leinster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Replacements </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>16 - Ger Slattery Young Munster/Munster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>17 - Ruaidhri Murphy Lansdowne/Leinster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>18 - Neilus Keogh UCC/Munster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>19 - Tommy O'Donnell UL Bohemians/Munster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>20 - David Drake Ballymena/Ulster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>21 - Niall O'Connor Belfast Harlequins/Ulster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>22 - Kyle Tonetti Blackrock College/Leinster </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>© Irish Examiner, 2007. Thomas Crosbie Media, TCH </DIV>
    Seas suas agus troid!


    England present physical challenge
    <DIV =LeadPara>Under-20 Six Nations/Ireland v England, Dubarry Park, 7.30: While the Grand Slam may no longer be a target for the senior team, it is still on the agenda for one group of young Irish players. </DIV>
    <DIV =LeadPara>Tonight Ireland face England in their third series of games in the Under-20 Six Nations Championship. The Irish team have beaten Wales 17-15 (the Welsh won the Grand Slam at under-19 level last season), and France 19-16, the latter fielding an under-21 team having not signed up to the accord to field an under-20 side. It highlights just how good that Irish performance was. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Under the baton of the new coaching team of head coach Eric Elwood, assistant coach Dan McFarland and manager Phil Orr, this crop of young Irish players have excelled, playing an open and expansive brand of rugby. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Elwood, who is in his second year as assistant coach to Michael Bradley at Connacht, is on a one-year contract with this international squad, his first representative head coach's job. And he's relishing the responsibility. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>"It's been hugely enjoyable in every facet, from preparations off the field to the training sessions and the matches themselves. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>"You don't have a huge amount of time - there is about a six- or seven-week window of preparation - so the key is to prioritise. We have introduced a simple structure in terms of the gameplan and the players have been absolutely brilliant. They're like sponges. Dan (McFarland) and I have introduced professional values and we have treated them as young professionals." </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Elwood has received support from not only his coaching team but has been able to call upon the advice of Bradley. The former Connacht and Ireland outhalf has placed a huge emphasis on short, sharp, intensive training sessions. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>This young Irish team have not only demonstrated flair but also character in the manner in which they have earned their wins. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>England present another huge, and ostensibly different challenge. They are physically big, particularly up front and the inside three of the backline, and adopt a very direct style. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>Elwood pointed out: "I have seen a couple of their matches (England beat Italy and Scotland comprehensively) and they are a huge, well-drilled team. They play hard and direct football so it'll be a different dynamic for our players. But it is a challenge they'll relish." </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>England coach Nigel Redman has named an unchanged England team, although there are three changes to the bench as the visitors look to repeat last year's feat of winning the Grand Slam. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>There are three changes on the bench where Jack Forster is replaced by Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Richard Bolt (Exeter Chiefs) takes over from the injured Tom Parker (London Irish) and Jordan Turner-Hall of NEC Harlequins comes in for Saracens' James Tirrell. </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>IRELAND: F Jones (Seapoint); S Monahan (Dublin Univ), D Cave (Belfast Harlequins), A Wynne (Buccaneers), K Earls (Thomond); I Keatley (UCD), P O'Donohoe (UCD); C Healy (Clontarf), R Sweeney (St Mary's), J Hagan (Greystones); C McInerney (UCD), A Browne (Galwegians); T Anderson (Dungannon), D Pollock (QUB, capt), S O'Brien (UCD). Replacements: G Slattery (Young Munster), R Murphy (Lansdowne), N Keogh (UCC), T O'Donnell (UL Bohemian), D Drake (Ballymena), N O'Connor (Belfast Harlequins), K Tonetti (Blackrock). </DIV>
    <DIV =TailParas>ENGLAND: D Doherty (Wasps); O Dodge (Leicester), T Youngs (Leicester
    Seas suas agus troid!


      doherty at full back for them is going to be big threat
      g\'wan bruff!!

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        im going to this game
        If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.



          A 13-6 win, an excellent result, this age group are very promising.

          I don't want to count chickens but with Scotland and Italy to come you'd have to fancy their chances of a Grand Slam especially since Wales put 50 or 60 on the Scots.


            And the French just took the piss with the Scots. And the Scots got beaten by Italy.


              a very enjoyable game from avery strong irish team healy the loosehead prop got themom but plenty of other irish contenders for it as well. looks like grand slam is onfor this team.


                A wonderful victory for the team; let's hope they finish the job against Scotland and Italy.


                  <DIV ="article">

                  From Irish Rugby

                  IRELAND U-20 13 ENGLAND U-20 6, Dubarry Park

                  Ireland: Try: Shane Monahan; Con: Ian Keatley; Pens: Keatley 2
                  England: Pens: David Doherty 2

                  Trinity winger Shane Monahan scored the only try at Dubarry Park as Ireland maintained their 100% record in this year's inaugural U-20 championship.

                  Elwood's youngsters, with loosehead prop Cian Healy claiming the official man of the match award, brilliantly recorded their third straight win of the competition and now stand a good chance of lifting the title, with only Scotland and Italy left to play. England still have to face France, who are fielding an Under-21 side this year.

                  In wet conditions, Monahan stooped to take a low pass and glide over just before the break.

                  UCD out-half Ian Keatley converted and added two second half penalties to send the 4,000-strong Athlone crowd into raptures. England, the defending champions, could only tally up two penalties from full-back David Doherty.

                  The Irish were left singing in the rain in the midlands, but they had to come from behind after Doherty had booted England into a fifth-minute lead.

                  England missed out on a try soon after – Alex Shaw’s pass to Chevvy Pennycook was ruled forward – and the Irish charge gathered momentum.

                  A thrilling move, which saw the hosts take the ball a full 70 metres, almost saw them get over for a try but scrum half Paul O’Donohoe uncharacteristically knocked on as he searched for the try-scoring pass.

                  But big winger Monahan, who came up through the youth ranks with Boyne RFC, did the business when he showed great balance to take a pass and score his vital try.

                  7-3 ahead at the break, the Irish were looking good but despite a series of injuries, England bounced back with Doherty slamming over his second penalty and the Wasps player narrowly failed with another place-kick, just moments later.

                  Keatley, whose accuracy with the boot was key to Ireland’s wins against Wales and France, came into his own again in the final quarter.

                  Having missed a first half penalty and a drop goal shot, the former Belvedere College schoolboy saw another penalty chance go awry before he showed superb mental strength to rediscover his form and land two penalties, in the closing minutes, and guide his side to another famous win.

                  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 (UCD/Leinster), Andrew Browne (Galwegians/Connacht), Thomas Anderson (Dungannon/Ulster), David Pollock (Queen's University/Ulster) (capt), Sean O'Brien (UCD/Leinster).

                  Replacements used: Tommy O’Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster) for O’Brien (32 mins), Ruaidhri Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) for Hagan, Neilus Keogh (UCC/Munster) for McInerney (both 78min). Not used: Ger Slattery (Young Munster/Munster), David Drake (Ballymena/Ulster), Niall O’Connor (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Kyle Tonetti (Blackrock College/Leinster).

                  ENGLAND U-20: David Doherty (London Wasps); Ollie Dodge (Leicester Tigers), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Adam Powell (Saracens), Selorm Kuadey (Sale Sharks); Seb Jewell (NEC Harlequins), Danny Care (NEC Harlequins) (capt); Charlie Beech (Northampton Saints), Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Dave Attwood (Bristol Rugby), Phil Hoy (Northampton Saints), Alex Shaw (Leicester Tigers), Chevvy Pennycook (Bristol Rugby), David Tait (Sale Sharks).

                  Bagáiste ar phriacal an úinéara.


                    Where are the rest of the games?