Irish Under-20′s face Wales this weekend

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Updated: March 9, 2011

The Ireland Under-20 rugby team travel to Llanelli this weekend to take on their Welsh counterparts in the penultimate tournament clash in the 2011 Under-20 RBS Six Nations.

Coach Mike Ruddock sees the return of Luke Marshall and Craig Gilroy from Magners League duty for Ulster. Marshall will partner Alex Kelly in the centre and Gilroy comes in on the right wing. JJ Hanrahan and Tiernan O’Halloran have been named in the replacements.

Speaking about the Scotland game, Ruddock said “We saw a big improvement, particularly in terms of our line speed in defense and in the collision which we dominated a lot more than we did against France.”

On the Wales Game “That gives us some confidence going to Wales. It will be extremely tough against the Welsh side as they seem to be playing with great confidence. We need to ensure our defense is spot on and take our chances when they come along.”

Ireland Under-20 v Wales Under-20 (Friday 11th March, Kick-off 19:10. Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli)

15 – Mike Sherlock (Clontarf – Leinster)
14 – Craig Gilroy (Dungannon – Ulster)
13 – Alex Kelly (UCD – Leinster)
12 – Luke Marshall (Ballymena – Ulster)
11 – Andrew Boyle (UCD – Leinster)
10 – Patrick Jackson (Dungannon – Ulster)
9 – Blane McIlroy (Ballymena – Ulster)
1 – James Tracy (UCD – Leinster)
2 – Niall Annett (Belfast Harlequins – Ulster)
3 – Martin Moore (Lansdowne – Leinster)
4 – Michael Kearney (Clontarf – Leinster)
5 – Daniel Qualter (Buccaneers – Connacht)
6 – Shane Buckley (Garryowen – Munster)
7 – Aaron Conneely (Corinthians – Connacht)
8 – Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne – Leinster)

Replacements:
16 – David Doyle (UCD – Leinster)
17 – Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf – Leinster)
18 – Iain Henderson (Queens – Ulster)
19 – Cathal O’Flaherty (Cork Con – Munster)
20 – Mark Dolan (Corinthians – Connacht)
21 – JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemians – Munster)
22 – Tiernan O’Halloran (Galwegians – Connacht)

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