Ruddock makes two changes to PwC U20 Starting XV as injury ends Leavy’s 6 Nations

PwC Ireland U20 coach Mike Ruddock has named Connacht Academy and Bucaneers’ back rower Rory Moloney in place of the injured Dan Leavy ahead of the U20’s penultimate game of the 2014 6 Nations.

Academy and Galwegians’ Sean O’Brien takes over the captain’s role. There are two changes on the bench with Stephen Gardiner replacing Joe Joyce and Frankie Taggart moving to the bench in place of Michael Trigg. Jack O’Donoghue has completed his return to play protocols and is declared fit to reclaim the No.8 jersey.

PwC U20 Head Coach, Mike Ruddock, commented, “The end result against England did not reflect the effort and endeavour shown by this Irish side at Franklins Garden. We must take our chances when they come along and although we did well to draw with Italy last year we would be confident that at Dubarry Park we can get the desired result.”

IRELAND U20s v Italy U20s – 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship
15. David Busby (QUB RFC – ULSTER)
14. Cian Kelleher (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
13. Dan Goggin (Young Munster – MUNSTER)
12. Peter Robb (Old Belvedere RFC – LEINSTER)
11. Adam Byrne (UCD – LEINSTER)
10. Ross Byrne (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)
9. Nick McCarthy (UCD RFC – LEINSTER)

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

16. Sean McNulty (UCD – MUNSTER)
17. Denis Coulson (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
18. Oisin Heffernan (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
19. Stephen Gardiner (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
20. Frankie Taggart (Belfast Harlequins – ULSTER)
21. Jack Cullen (Bruff RFC – MUNSTER)
22. Conor McKeon (Lansdowne FC – LEINSTER)
23. Harrison Brewer (Terenure – LEINSTER)

IRELAND U20 2014 RBS 6 Nations Fixtures

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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