Connacht Academy lock Sean O’Brien has been named to start in Ireland U20’s opening game against Scotland U20’s at Dubarry Park this Friday night.
O’Brien’s Connacht team mates Jacob Walshe (prop) and Rory Moloney (flanker) have been named on the bench.

The team also contains the two players from the extended squad who gained U20 6 Nations experience last year – prop Peter Dooley (Lansdowne FC) and flanker Peadar Timmins (UCD).

UCD openside Dan Leavy will captain the side while his club compatriot out-half Ross Byrne is installed as vice captain.

PwC U20 Head Coach, Mike Ruddock, commented, “We narrowly lost to Scotland last year so we are aware of the challenge ahead of us.  This group have gathered a lot of valuable game time with their clubs and provinces so the group have high hopes of delivering a strong performance at the weekend.”

Friday’s opening fixture of the U-20 Championship will be broadcast live on RTÉ Two and (island of Ireland only).

Match ticket information is available here, and details of the pre-match offerings at Buccaneers RFC are available here.


IRELAND U20s v Scotland U20s – 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship
15. D. Busby (QUB RFC – ULSTER)
14. Adam Byrne (UCD – LEINSTER)
13. Gary Ringrose (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)
12. Peter Robb (Old Belvedere RFC – LEINSTER)
11. Ian Fitzpatrick(Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
10. Ross Byrne (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)
9. Nick McCarthy (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)

8. Jack O’Donoghue (UL Bohemians RFC – MUNSTER)
7. Dan Leavy (UCD RFC – LEINSTER) capt
6. Peadar Timmins (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)
5. Ross Molony (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)
4. Sean O’Brien (Galwegians RFC – CONNACHT)
3. Rory Burke (Cork Constitution RFC – MUNSTER)
2. Max Abbott (Cork Constitution RFC – MUNSTER)
1. Peter Dooley (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)

16. Shane Delahunt (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
17. Jacob Walshe (Buccaneers RFC – CONNACHT)
18. Oisin Heffernan (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
19. Joe Joyce (Bristol – EXILES)
20. Rory Moloney (Buccaneers RFC – CONNACHT)
21. Jack Cullen (Bruff RFC – MUNSTER)
22. Conor McKeon (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
23. Dan Goggin (Young Munster RFC – MUNSTER)

IRELAND U20 2014 RBS 6 Nations Fixtures
IRELAND U20s v Scotland U20s
Dubarry Park; 19:05
Friday 31st January, 2014

IRELAND U20s v Wales U20s
Dubarry Park; 19:35
Friday 7th February, 2014

England U20s v IRELAND U20s
Franklin’s Gardens: 18:15
Saturday 22nd February, 2014

IRELAND U20s v Italy U20s
Dubarry Park; 19:05
Friday 7th March, 2014

France U20s v IRELAND U20s
Maurice Trelut; 20:55
Friday 14th March, 2014


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