Boyle to lead Irish at U20 World Cup

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:02
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Ireland Under-20 coach Peter Malone has named Lansdowne's Paul Boyle as captain of the team to in the World Rugby junior championships in Georgia.

The tournament takes place from the May 31 to June 18, with Ireland playing their Pool games in Kutaisi, before moving to Tbilisi for the knock-out stages.
 
Ireland share Pool B with Italy, New Zealand and Scotland.
 
There are some new faces in the squad, with Under-19 players Jordan Duggan, Angus Curtis, David McCarthy, Alan Tynan and Michael Sylvester all being named.
 
Players uUnavailable due to injury include  Cillian Gallagher, Bill Johnston, Jordan Larmour, Johnny McPhillips and Tommy O'Brien.

"It's an exciting time for these players, as they will all be experiencing a World Championship for the first time," Malone said.

"It's a great opportunity for them, to go out and pit themselves against their peers from around the world.
 
"We've lost a number of players who were involved during the Six Nations through injury, so it's very unlucky for those guys not to be involved, but it gives other players the chance to wear the green jersey on the world stage.
 
"We're in a really strong pool with Italy and Scotland who made us work really hard for wins during the Six Nations, and then New Zealand who will have a number of players back from last year's tournament so they will be a huge test for us."
 
Ireland will open their campaign against Six Nations rivals Italy on Wednesday May 31, in the Kutaisi Stadium. They will then meet Scotland on Sunday June 4 and their final Pool B game takes place against New Zealand, who Ireland defeated for the first time during last year's Championship, on Thursday June 8.

Ireland squad:

Forwards: Paul Boyle (captain), Charlie Connolly, Joey Conway, Gavin Coombes, Peter Cooper, Caelan Doris, Oisin Dowling, Jordan Duggan, John Foley, Ronan Kelleher, Sean Masterson, Tadgh McElroy, Greg McGrath, Marcus Rea, Jack Regan, Fineen Wycherley.

Backs: Angus Curtis, Conor Dean, Ciaran Frawley, Colm Hogan, Jack Kelly, David McCarthy, Gavin Mullin, Calvin Nash, Jack Stafford, Jonathan Stewart, Michael Silvester, Alan Tynan.

Fixtures:
Wednesday May 31: v Italy, Kutaisi Stadium, Kutaisi - Kick-off: 15.30 local (12.30 Irish time)
Sunday, June 4: v Scotland, Kutaisi Stadium, Kutaisi - Kick-off: 13.00 local (10,00 Irish time)
Thursday, June 8: v New Zealand, Kutaisi Stadium, Kutaisi - Kick-off: 15.30 local (12.30 Irish time)

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Scotland U20 3 2 0 1 9
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France U20 3 2 1 0 11
Argentina U20 3 1 0 2 6
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