There are 13 Leinster players in the Ireland U-20s squad for their 6 Nations opener against Scotland…

The Ireland Under-20 team to face Scotland at Dubarry Park on Friday night has been announced by head coach Mike Ruddock.

The team contains two players from the extended squad who gained Under-20 Six Nations experience last year – Lansdowne prop Peter Dooley and flanker Peadar Timmins from UCD.

UCD openside Dan Leavy will captain the side while his club colleague, out-half Ross Byrne, is installed as vice-captain.

Head coach Mike Ruddock commented: “We narrowly lost to Scotland last year so we are aware of the challenge ahead of us.

“This group have gathered a lot of valuable game-time with their clubs and provinces, so the group have high hopes of delivering a strong performance on Friday.”

Friday’s opening fixture of the U-20 Championship will be broadcast live on RTÉ Two and rte.ie/live (island of Ireland only).

IRELAND UNDER-20 Team & Replacements (v Scotland Under-20s, 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship, Dubarry Park, Friday, January 31, kick-off 7.05pm):

Player/Club/Province –

15. David Busby (Queen’s University/Ulster)
14. Adam Byrne (UCD/Leinster)
13. Gary Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)
12. Peter Robb (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
11. Ian Fitzpatrick (Lansdowne/Leinster)
10. Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster)
9. Nick McCarthy (UCD/Leinster)
1. Peter Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster)

2. Max Abbott (Cork Constitution/Munster)
3. Rory Burke (Cork Constitution/Munster)
4. Sean O’Brien (Galwegians/Connacht)
5. Ross Molony (UCD/Leinster)
6. Peadar Timmins (UCD/Leinster)
7. Dan Leavy (UCD/Leinster) CAPTAIN

8. Jack O’Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Replacements:

16. Shane Delahunt (Lansdowne/Leinster)
17. Jacob Walshe (Buccaneers/Connacht)
18. Oisin Heffernan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
19. Joe Joyce (Bristol/Exiles)
20. Rory Moloney (Buccaneers/Connacht)
21. Jack Cullen (Bruff/Munster)
22. Conor McKeon (Lansdowne/Leinster)
23. Dan Goggin (Young Munster/Munster)

IRELAND U20 2014 RBS 6 Nations Fixtures

IRELAND U20s v Scotland U20s
Dubarry Park; 19:05
Friday 31st January, 2014

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