U20 starts for Gavin, Naughton, Flynn in SA

02 July 2024

U20 starts for Gavin, Naughton, Flynn in SA

Head Coach Willie Faloon has named his Ireland Men’s U20s Match Day Squad, sponsored by PwC, for Thursday’s second World Rugby U20 Championship Pool B clash against Georgia in Stellenbosch (Kick-off 1pm Irish time, live on RugbyPass TV).

Ireland opened their campaign with a big win over Italy in Cape Town on Saturday and will bid to make it two from two when they meet Georgia at the Danie Craven Stadium in Round 2.

Ben O’Connor and Davy Colbert are joined in the back three by Ruben Moloney, who is line for his Ireland U20s debut, while Sam Berman continues at outside centre and Hugh Gavin starts at inside centre. Sean Naughton starts at out-half, with Oliver Coffey at nine.

In the pack, Jacob BoydStephen Smyth and Andrew Sparrow start in the front row, with James McKillop coming into the second row to partner captain Evan O’Connell. The back row of Sean EdogboMax Flynn and Luke Murphy remains unchanged.

Hooker Mikey Yarr is in line for his debut off the bench, as he joins Emmet CalveyPatreece BellAlan Spicer and Brian Gleeson as the forward replacements, with Tadhg BrophyJack Murphy and Finn Treacy completing Ireland’s Match Day 23.

Ireland Men’s U20s (v Georgia):

15. Ben O’Connor (UCC RFC/Munster)
14. Davy Colbert (Dublin University FC/Leinster)
13. Sam Berman (Terenure College RFC/Leinster)
12. Hugh Gavin (Galwegians RFC/Connacht)
11. Ruben Moloney (UCD RFC/Leinster)*
10. Sean Naughton (Galway Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
9. Oliver Coffey (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)

1. Jacob Boyd (Queen’s University Belfast RFC/Ulster)
2. Stephen Smyth (Old Wesley RFC/Leinster)
3. Andrew Sparrow UCD RFC/Leinster)
4. James McKillop (Queen’s University Belfast RFC/Ulster)
5. Evan O’Connell (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)(capt)
6. Sean Edogbo (UCC RFC/Munster)
7. Max Flynn (Galway Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
8. Luke Murphy (Shannon RFC/Munster)


16. Mikey Yarr (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)*
17. Emmet Calvey (Shannon RFC/Munster)
18. Patreece Bell (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby)
19. Alan Spicer (UCD RFC/Leinster)
20. Brian Gleeson (Garryowen FC/Munster)
21. Tadhg Brophy (Naas RFC/Leinster)
22. Jack Murphy (Clontarf FC/Leinster)
23. Finn Treacy (Galwegians RFC/Connacht).

* Denotes uncapped at Ireland U20s level