THE IRELAND U20 squad to play against the France U20's at Musgrave Park this Friday is out.
Ireland head coach Ritchie Murphy have made one change to the team that beat Wales in the opening round.
Henry McErlean comes in at full back. Ike Anagu and Hugh Gavi start on the wings.
Gus McCarthy, once again captains Ireland from the front row. He's joined in the front pack by George Hadden and Paddy McCarthy.
Hugh Cooney and John Devine start as a midfield partnership.
The Ireland U20s Match Day Squad to face France in Cork on Friday night has been named! 🟢#FutureIsGreen | @PwCIreland pic.twitter.com/ySpZf5FJ6b — Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 8, 2023
The Ireland U20s Match Day Squad to face France in Cork on Friday night has been named! 🟢#FutureIsGreen | @PwCIreland pic.twitter.com/ySpZf5FJ6b
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 8, 2023
Sam Prendergast and Fintan Gunne start at 10 and 9.
Diarmuid Mangan and Conor O’Tighearnaigh start in the second row.
James McNabney, Ruadhán Quinn and Brian Gleeson get the nod in the back row.
Speaking ahead of the game, Murphy said: “We were pleased to open the Six Nations with a bonus point win away from home, but we know there are areas of improvement for us heading into Friday night. We have put the head down in Cork this week and are hugely excited to get back to Musgrave Park and play in front of another big home crowd.”
Kick-off is at 8pm, Friday.
The match is live on RTÉ2.
Fullback 15. Henry McErlean (UCD/Leinster)
Winger: 14. Ike Anagu (La Rochelle/IQ Rugby)
Centres: 13. Hugh Cooney (Clontarf/Leinster), 12. John Devine (Corinthians/Connacht)
Winger: 11. Hugh Gavin (Galwegians/Connacht)
Out half: 10. Sam Prendergast (Lansdowne/Leinster) Scrum half: 9. Fintan Gunne (Terenure/Leinster)
Front row: 1. George Hadden (Clontarf/Leinster), 2. Gus McCarthy (UCD/Leinster) (captain), 3. Paddy McCarthy (DUFC/Leinster)
Second Row: 4. Diarmuid Mangan (UCD/Leinster) 5. Conor O’Tighearnaigh (UCD/Leinster)
Back row: 6. James McNabney (Ballymena/Ulster), 7. Ruadhán Quinn (Old Crescent/Munster), 8. Brian Gleeson (Garryowen/Munster)
Replacements: 16. Danny Sheahan (UCC/Munster), 17. George Morris (Lansdowne/Leinster), 18. Fiachna Barrett (Corinthians/Connacht), 19. Evan O’Connell (UL Bohemians/Munster), 20. Jacob Sheahan (UCC/Munster), 21. Oscar Cawley (Naas/Leinster), 22. Harry West (Buccaneers/Connacht), 23. Rory Telfer (Queen’s University/Ulster).