Connacht Academy lock Sean O’Brien has retained his starting spot in Ireland U20’s second 6 Nations game against Wales in Dubarry Park on Friday night (KO 7:30pm).

PwC Ireland U20 coach Mike Ruddock has made one change to the starting XV who beat Scotland 34 – 7 at the same venue last week.

Cian Kelleher comes in on the wing in place of Adam Byrne while Man of the Match against Scotland, No.8 Jack O’Donoghue has recovered from the knock he took late in the opening fixture to take his place in the backrow.  O’Donoghue who scored twice against the Scots will reprise his backrow partnership with fellow try scorer Peadar Timmins and team captain Dan Leavy.

Team vice-captain Ross Byrne kicked 14 points with the boot and retains the number 10 jersey and will again be partnered at half-back by the impressive Nick McCarthy.

There are three further changes on the bench with Sean McNulty replacing Jacob Walshe, Denis Coulson replacing Shane Delahunt and Frankie Taggart in place of Rory Moloney.

PwC U20 Head Coach, Mike Ruddock, commented, “We got off to a good start in difficult conditions against the Scots but Welsh will provide a much sterner test.  An unchanged side gives us some consistency and will allow combinations to develop across the field.  We have some fresh faces on the bench which will be hoping to make an impact on the game at some stage.”

IRELAND U20s v Scotland U20s – 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship
15. David Busby (QUB RFC – ULSTER)
14. Cian Kelleher (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
13. Garry 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 FC – MUNSTER)
2. Max Abbott (Cork Constitution FC – MUNSTER)
1. Peter Dooley (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)

Replacements
16. Sean McNulty (UCD – MUNSTER)
17. Denis Coulson (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
18. Oisin Heffernan (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
19. Joe Joyce  (Bristol – EXILES)
20. Frankie Taggart (Belfast Harlequins – ULSTER)
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 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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