Ireland U20 Head Coach Peter Malone has named the Ireland U20 Squad, sponsored by PwC, for the World Rugby U20 Championships in Georgia with Corinthians’ Sean Masterson included.

Connacht sub-Academy back-row forward Masterson is younger brother of Connacht senior player Eoghan. He has previously represented the Ireland U18s and made his Six Nations debut for the Ireland U20s in February. The call-up caps off an impressive season for Masterson that saw him named Connacht U19 Player of the Year.

The tournament takes place from the 31st May – 18th June, 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.

The 28 man squad will be captained by Lansdowne’s Paul Boyle.

There are some new faces in the squad, with U19s players Jordan Duggan, Angus Curtis, David McCarthy, Alan Tynan and Michael Sylvester all being named.

On confirmation of the squad Peter Malone said: “It’s an exciting time for these players, as they will all be experiencing a World Championship for the first time. 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 31st May in the Kutaisi Stadium. They will then meet Scotland on Sunday 4th June 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 the 8th of June.

Ireland U-20 Squad (World Rugby U20 Championship 2017)

Forwards

Paul Boyle (Lansdowne FC/Leinster) Captain

Charlie Connolly (Dublin University FC/Leinster)

Joey Conway (UL Bohemians RFC/Munster)

Gavin Coombes (Young Munster RFC/Munster)

Peter Cooper (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)

Caelan Doris (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster)

Oisin Dowling (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)

Jordan Duggan (Naas RFC/Leinster)*

John Foley (Shannon RFC/Munster)

Ronan Kelleher (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Sean Masterson (Corinthians RFC/Connacht)

Tadgh McElroy (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)

Greg McGrath (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)

Marcus Rea (Queen’s University Belfast RFC/Ulster)

Jack Regan (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Fineen Wycherley (Young Munster RFC/Munster)

 

Backs

Angus Curtis (Queen’s University Belfast RFC/Ulster)*

Conor Dean (UCD RFC/Leinster)*

Ciaran Frawley (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Colm Hogan (Dublin University FC/Munster)

Jack Kelly (Dublin University FC/Leinster)

David McCarthy (Garryowen FC/Munster)*

Gavin Mullin (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Calvin Nash (Young Munster/Munster)

Jack Stafford (Shannon RFC/Munster)

Jonathan Stewart (Queen’s University Belfast RFC/Ulster)

Michael Silvester (Dublin University FC/Leinster)*

Alan Tynan (Young Munster/Munster)*

 

Unavailable due to injury:

Cillian Gallagher

Bill Johnston

Jordan Larmour

Johnny McPhillips

Tommy O’Brien

 

Ireland U20 World Rugby U20 Championships Fixtures

Pool B

Ireland v Italy

Kutaisi Stadium, Kutaisi

Wednesday 31st May, 2017

KO: 15:30 (local) / 12:30 (Irish)

 

Ireland v Scotland

Kutaisi Stadium, Kutaisi

Sunday 4th June, 2017

KO: 13:00 (local) / 10:00 (Irish)

 

Ireland v New Zealand

Kutaisi Stadium, Kutaisi

Thursday 8th June, 2017

KO: 15:30 (local) / 12:30 (Irish)

 

Semi-Finals

Avchala Stadium OR Mikheil Meskhi Stadium

Tuesday 13th June 2017

 

Play-Offs

Avchala Stadium OR Mikheil Meskhi Stadium

Sunday 18th June 2017

 

Ireland’s Pool B fixtures will be shown live on Eir Sport.

The tournament will also be shown on ITV and streamed via World Rugby.

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