The Ireland Under-20 team (sponsored by PwC) has been named for their penultimate fixture of the RBS Under 20s Six Nations Championship, where they take on their Scottish counterparts in Dubarry Park on Friday night (KO: 7.05pm)…

The Irish side face into this fixture on the back of three wins from three in the tournament so far. Coach Mike Ruddock made a number of changes to his side that played against Italy a fortnight ago.

Sam Coghlan-Murray returns to the setup having recovered from an ankle injury with Luke McGrath promoted from the bench to take the scrumhalf spot.

A reworked pack sees James Rael join Peter Reilly and Kyle McCall in the front row. Iain Henderson moves from five to four and will partner Danny Qualter in the second row.

Conor Gilsenan moves across the back row with Aaron Conneely coming in to join Jack Conan.

Tadhg Bernie, Jordan Coghlan and Kieron Marmion are named in the replacements along with Callum O’Connell who comes into the 22 for the first time.

Speaking of his selection and of the task at hand, Ruddock said: “We have reinstated a few of the lads that were involved in the win against France, we felt that they deserved to come back into the equation for this test.

“We certainly don’t underestimate the Scottish side, I have looked at their tapes and realise that our defense are going to have to work very hard to stop them crossing the line.

“We have prepared to the best of our ability and are ready to front up to a very talented Scotland team.”

Friday’s game will be broadcast live from Dubarry Park on RTE Two.


15: Shane Layden (Buccaneers – Connacht)
14: Conor Finn (Buccaneers – Connacht)
13: Chris Farrell (Dungannon – Ulster)
12: JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemians – Munster)
11: Sam Coghlan Murray (UCD – Leinster)
10: Paddy Jackson (Dungannon – Ulster) CAPTAIN
9: Luke McGrath (UCD – Leinster)

1: Kyle McCall (QUB – Ulster)
2: James Rael (Garryowen – Munster)
3: Peter Reilly (Lansdowne – Leinster)
4: Iain Henderson (Queens – Ulster)
5: Daniel Qualter (Buccaneers – Connacht)
6: Conor Gilsenan (UCD – Leinster)
7: Aaron Conneely (Corinthians – Connacht)
8: Jack Conan (Old Belvedere – Leinster)


16: Callum O’Connell (Galwegians – Connacht)
17: Des Merrey (Clontarf – Leinster)
18: Jake Cawley (Old Belvedere – Leinster)
19: Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne – Leinster)
20: Jordan Coghlan (UCD – Leinster)

21: Kieron Marmion (Corinthians – Connacht)
22: Cathal Marsh (Dublin University – Leinster)
23: Stuart Olding (Belfast Harlequins – Ulster)