REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** Ireland U20 Squad Announced for 2016 RBS 6 Nations, Sandymount Hotel, Dublin 25/1/2016 The Ireland U20 squad, sponsored by PwC has been named by Head Coach Nigel Carolan for the 2016 RBS Six Nations Championship. The 30 man squad features four players from last year's campaign – Jacob Stockdale and Adam McBurney from Ulster, Andrew Porter of Leinster and Conan O'Donnell of Connacht. Leinster and Lansdowne second-row James Ryan will captain the team. Pictured today Ireland head coach Nigel Carolan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Pictured today Ireland head coach Nigel Carolan
Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The Ireland U20 team, sponsored by PwC, to take on Wales in the opening round of the Six Nations has been named. The match, which is sponsored by Electric Ireland will take place in Donnybrook Stadium on Friday, 5th February at 7.35pm.
Head Coach Nigel Carolan has named a side that is largely inexperienced at international level with just three players from last year’s campaign.

Front-rowers Andrew Porter (Leinster), Adam McBurney (Ulster) and Conan O’Donnell (Connacht) return from last year and all have experience at A level for their provinces.

Captain James Ryan will pack down behind them in the second row.

Carolan is looking forward to seeing the next generation of Irish Rugby take to the field on Friday night and is expecting his players to hit the ground running: “We’ve been training well and the players are integrating nicely.

While the majority of the lads taking to the field on Friday will not have played at international level before, they have got good experience at provincial level and this has shown in their preparation over the last number of weeks and they’re all looking forward to getting out there”.

Speaking on the move to Donnybrook for all three home games this season, Carolan said: “We played our final home game in Donnybrook last season and the 4G surface makes for a fast-paced game, regardless of the conditions. Dubarry Park was a great home for the Under 20s in recent seasons and we hope to replicate that support in Donnybrookon Friday night”.

Jacob Stockdale, who is the fourth member of the squad that was involved in last season’s campaign is involved with Ulster in their rescheduled Pro12 game and will join up with the squad next week.

Ireland U20 (v Wales U20. Six Nations, Donnybrook Stadium, 19.35. Friday 5th February

15. Jack Power (UCD / Leinster)*
14. Matthew Byrne (Terenure / Leinster)*
13. Shane Daly (Cork Con / Munster)*
12. Jimmy O’Brien (UCD / Leinster)*
11. Hugo Keenan (UCD / Leinster)*
10. Johnny McPhillips (QUB / Ulster)*
9. John Poland (Cork Con / Munster)*
1. Andrew Porter (UCD / Leinster)
2. Adam McBurney (Ballymena / Ulster)
3. Conan O’Donnell (Sligo / Connacht)
4. Peter Claffey (Galwegians / Connacht)*
5. James Ryan (Lansdowne / Leinster)* Captain
6. Cillian Gallagher (Sligo / Connacht)*
7. Will Connors (UCD / Leinster)*
8. Max Deegan (Lansdowne / Leinster)*

Replacements

16. Shane Fenton (Young Munster / Munster)*
17. James Bollard (Dublin University / Leinster)*
18. Conor Kenny (Buccaneers / Connacht)*
19. Sean O’Connor (Cashel / Munster)*
20. Kelvin Brown (Shannon / Munster)*
21. Stephen Kerins (Sligo / Connacht)*
22. Brett Connon (Newcastle Falcons)*
23. Conor O’Brien (Clontarf / Leinster)*

*Denotes Uncapped at this level

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