Five Connacht Academy players included for World Rugby Under-20 Championship

The Ireland Under-20 Squad, under head coach Nigel Carolan, has been confirmed for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship. The tournament is taking place in Parma, Italy from the 2nd – 22nd of June and five of Connacht’s Academy players have been included. Rory Moloney, Ciaran Gaffney,  Cian Romaine, Conan O’Donnell, and Stephen McVeigh, who all played during the 2015 U20 Six Nations, remain on the squad.

Ireland share pool C with Argentina, Scotland and New Zealand and open their tournament against Argentina on Tuesday, 2nd June in Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma.

Speaking in advance of the Championship, Feargal O’Rourke, PwC Incoming Senior Partner, said:  “After an excellent semi-final performance in New Zealand last year, we’re looking forward to the performance of this year’s squad and hope we can go one step further.”

TG4 will be broadcast Ireland’s matches live from the World Rugby Under-20 Championship.

Ireland U-20 Squad (World Rugby, Under-20 Championship Squad 2015)

Sam Arnold (Ballynahinch/Ulster)

Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster)

Joey Carbery (UCD/Leinster)

Fergal Cleary (Lansdowne/Leinster)

Billy Dardis (UCD/Leinster)

Lorcan Dow (QUB/Ulster)

Jack Dwan (UCD/Leinster)

Stephen Fitzgerald (Shannon/Munster)

Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht)

Oisin Heffernan (Terenure/Leinster)

Jeremy Loughman (UCD/Leinster)

Zack McCall (QUB/Ulster)

Nick McCarthy (UCD/Leinster)

Sean McNulty (UCD/Munster)

Stephen McVeigh (Buccaneers/Connacht)

Rory Moloney (Buccaneers/Connacht)

Josh Murphy (UCD/Leinster)

Conán O’Donnell (Sligo/NUIG/Connacht)

David O’Connor (St.Mary’s/Leinster)

Conor Oliver (St.Mary’s/Leinster)

Jack Owens (Queens University/Ulster)

Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster)

Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)

Charlie Rock (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*

Cian Romaine (Buccaneers/Connacht)

Jacob Stockdale (QUB/Ulster)

Alex Thompson (Queens University/Ulster)

Nick Timoney (St. Mary’s/Leinster)


* Denotes uncapped player at International Under-20 level.


World Rugby Under-20 Championship 2015

POOL A – England, France, Wales, Japan

POOL B – South Africa, Australia, Samoa, Italy

POOL C – New Zealand, Ireland, Argentina, Scotland


Ireland Fixtures –

Ireland Under-20s v Argentina Under-20s, Parma, Tuesday, June 2, kick-off 4.30pm local time/3.30pm Irish time

Ireland Under-20s v Scotland Under-20s, Calvisano, Saturday, June 6, kick-off 4.30pm local time/3.30pm Irish time

New Zealand Under-20s v Ireland Under-20s, Viadana, Wednesday, June 10, kick-off 8.30pm local time/7.30pm Irish time


Match Day 4: Play-offs and semi-finals, Monday, June 15

Match Day 5: Play-offs and final, Saturday, June 20








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