The Ireland Under-20 team to play Wales in the penultimate round of the RBS 6 Nations has been named.

Head coach, Nigel Carolan has made a number of changes to the side that lost to England in their last outing.

Connacht’s Ciaran Gaffney returns from a hamstring injury to start on the right wing in what will be the Galway man’s first 6 Nations appearance.

In the pack, a new look second row sees Connacht’s Cian Romaine promoted from the bench to pair up with  Josh Murphy who moves from the back row.

Connacht Academy player Stephen McVeigh is also in line to earn his first U20’s cap after being named amongst the replacement forwards along with Sligo’s Conan O’Donnell.

Head Coach, Nigel Carolan said “It was disappointing to lose to England in the last round, but we have put that behind us now in preparation for Wales.”

“We have addressed the key areas that were highlighted against England and hopefully we can take our chances when they come along. The championship is still there for the taking and we look forward to getting it back on track this Friday.”

The Wales U20 v Ireland U20 game will broadcast live on RTE 2 on Friday evening, coverage starting at 19.30hrs.

Ireland Under-20 team & Replacements (v Wales Under-20.  Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay – Kick-off 19.45hrs)
15 – Billy Dardis (UCD/ Leinster)
14 – Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht)
13 – Garry Ringrose (UCD/ Leinster)
12 – Sam Arnold (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
11 – Stephen Fitzgerald (Shannon/ Munster)
10 – Ross Byrne (UCD / Leinster)
9 – Nick McCarthy (UCD/ Leinster) (Capt)
1 – Jeremy Loughman (UCD / Leinster)
2 – Zack McCall (QUB/Ulster)
3 – Oisin Heffernan (Terenure/Leinster)
4 – Cian Romaine (Buccaneers/Connacht)
5 – Josh Murphy (UCD/Leinster)
6 – Nick Timoney (St. Mary’s/Leinster)
7 – Conor Oliver (St. Mary’s/ Leinster)
8 – Lorcan Dow (QUB/Ulster)

16 – Adam McBurney (Ballymena/Ulster)
17 – Andrew Porter (UCD/ Leinster)
18 – Conan O’Donnell (Sligo/NUIG/Connacht)
19 – David O’Connor (St. Mary’s/Leinster)
20 – Stephen McVeigh (Buccaneers/ Connacht)
21 – Conor Young (QUB/Ulster)
22 – Joey Carbery (UCD/Leinster)
23 – Jacob Stockdale (QUB/ Ulster)

RBS 6 Nations Ireland Under-20 Fixtures and Results:
Fri 6 Feb Italy U20 15 v Ireland U20 47
Fri 13 Feb Ireland U20 37 v France U20 20
Fri 27 Feb Ireland U20 14 v England U20 19
Fri 13 Mar 19:45 Wales U20 v Ireland U20 Parc Eirias
Fri 20 Mar 19:30 Scotland U20 v Ireland U20 Netherdale


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