Virgin Media Television will broadcast all of Ireland's U20 World Championships games live, with a total of 19 live games being aired during the competition.
Ireland's three pool matches will be shown on Virgin Media Two, with their first match against England scheduled for Saturday, June 24 at 12:30pm
If Ireland progresses in the tournament, their subsequent games will also be broadcast on Virgin Media Two.
This is an exciting opportunity for viewers to support the Irish team, especially after their recent Six Nations Grand Slam success.
The U20 Championships will serve as a precursor to the Rugby World Cup 2023, which Virgin Media Television will also broadcast in September and October.
Virgin Media Television have secured rights to the World Rugby U20 Championship
19 matches will be aired live and on Free-To-Air including all of Ireland’s matches.
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Mick McCaffrey, head of sport at Virgin Media Television said: “We are delighted to be bringing the World Rugby U20 Championship to our viewers free to air. “There will be massive interest around the Irish team as they look to build on the momentum of their recent Six Nations Grand Slam. This tournament will really whet appetite ahead of Rugby World Cup 2023 which we will broadcast across September and October.”
Ireland's campaign begins with a match against their Six Nations rivals, England, on Saturday, June 24 (1.30pm local time/12.30pm Irish time). They will then face Australia on Match Day 2, scheduled for Thursday, June 29 (11am local time/10am Irish time). The final pool match will be against Fiji on Match Day 3, set to take place on Tuesday, July 4 (1.30pm local time/12.30pm Irish time).
Ireland U20s Squad:
George Hadden (Clontarf/Leinster)
George Morris (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Gus McCarthy (UCD/Leinster)
Max Clein (Garryowen/Munster)*
Danny Sheahan (UCC/Munster)
Paddy McCarthy (Dublin University/Leinster)
Fiachna Barrett (Corinthians/Connacht)
Ronan Foxe (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*
Conor O’Tighearnaigh (UCD/Leinster)
Charlie Irvine (Queen’s University/Ulster)
Joe Hopes (Queen’s University/Ulster)
Diarmuid Mangan (UCD/Leinster)
Evan O’Connell (UL Bohemians/Munster)
James McNabney (Ballymena/Ulster)
Ruadhan Quinn (Old Crescent/Munster)
Brian Gleeson (Garryowen/Munster)
Dan Barron (Dublin University/Leinster)*
Fintan Gunne (Terenure/Leinster)
Jack Oliver (Garryowen/Munster)*
Oscar Cawley (Naas/Leinster)
Sam Prendergast (Lansdowne/Leinster)
Matthew Lynch (Dublin University/Leinster)
John Devine (Corinthians/Connacht)
Hugh Cooney (Clontarf/Leinster)
Hugh Gavin (Galwegians/Connacht)
Andrew Osborne (Naas/Leinster)
Rory Telfer (Queen’s University/Ulster)
James Nicholson (UCD/Leinster)
Henry McErlean (Terenure/Leinster)
Harry West (Buccaneers/Connacht)
*Uncapped at U20s level
Ireland U20s Fixtures:
- Saturday 24th June: Ireland U20s v England U20s, Paarl Gymnasium, Paarl – 1.30pm local time/12.30pm Irish time
- Thursday 29th June: Ireland U20s v Australia U20s, Paarl Gymnasium, Paarl – 11am local time/10am Irish time
- Tuesday 4th July: Ireland U20s v Fiji U20s, Paarl Gymnasium, Paarl – 1.30pm local time/12.30pm Irish time
- Sunday 9th July: Play-off match
- Friday 14th July: Play-off match