Head Coach Noel McNamara has named the Ireland U20s side, to take on France in the opening game of the U20 Six Nations, this Friday at the Stade Chaban Delmas in Bordeaux at 9pm local time.

In total there are 10 Leinster players in the match day squad with Tommy O’Brien captaining the side and six players in line to win a first cap at this level.

The six include right wing Peter Sullivan, outhalf Harry Byrne, prop Jack Aungier, locks Cormac Daly and Jack Dunne and replacement scrumhalf Hugh O’Sullivan.

To team news it’s an all-Leinster front row, with props Jordan Duggan and Jack Aungier starting alongside hooker Ronán Kelleher.

Cormac Daly and Jack Dunne are named in the second row, with Matthew Dalton, Aaron Hall and No. 8 Jack O’Sullivan in the back row.

Scrum-half Jonny Stewart will partner out-half Harry Byrne, with David McCarthy and Captain Tommy O’Brien lining out in the centres.

Michael Silvester is at full-back, with James McCarthy and Peter Sullivan on the wings.

Ahead of the side departing for France, McNamara said;

“We’ve had a good build up over the past few months, and it’s an exciting time for the players as well as the coaching team.

“France is never an easy place to go to play, and we’re expecting a large and noisy crowd at the game, but it’s a good challenge for the players everyone involved is looking forward to getting the campaign underway on Friday night.”

The match will be broadcast live by RTÉ, with kick-off at 8pm (Irish time).

Ireland U20 v France U20, U20 Six Championship, Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux. Kick-Off: 9.00pm (local time) / (8.00pm Irish time)

15. Michael Silvester (Dublin University/Leinster) (4)
14. Peter Sullivan (Lansdowne FC/Leinster) (0)
13. David McCarthy (Garryowen/Munster) (4)
12. Tommy O’Brien (UCD RFC/Leinster) (5) CAPTAIN
11. James McCarthy (UL Bohemian/Munster) (0)
10. Harry Byrne (UCD RFC/Leinster) (0)
9. Jonny Stewart (Queen’s University RFC/Ulster) (10)
1. Jordan Duggan (Naas/Leinster) (4)
2. Ronán Kelleher (UCD/ Leinster) (8)
3. Jack Aungier (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster) (0)
4. Cormac Daly (Clontarf FC/Leinster) (0)
5. Jack Dunne (Dublin University FC/Leinster) (0)
6. Matthew Dalton (Malone RFC/Ulster) (0)
7. Aaron Hall (Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster) (0)
8. Jack O’Sullivan (UCC RFC/Munster) (0)

16. Diarmuid Barron (Garryowen FC/Munster0 (1)
17. James French (UCC RFC/Munster) (0)
18.Tom O’Toole (Banbridge RFC/Ulster) (0)
19. Ronan Coffey (Shannon RFC/Munster) (0)
20. Sean Masterson (Corinthians RFC/Connacht) (4)
21. Hugh O’Sullivan (Clontarf FC/Leinster) (0)
22. Angus Curtis (Queen’s University RFC/Ulster) (1)
23. Angus Kernohan (Ballymena RFC/Ulster) (0)

IRELAND U20 Six Nations Fixtures 2018

Friday 2rd February 2018
France U20 v Ireland U20, 9pm (local)/8pm (Irish time), Stade Amédée Domenech, Brive

Friday 9th February 2018
Ireland U20 v Italy U20, 7.15pm, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin

Friday 23rd February 2018
Ireland U20 v Wales U20, 7.15pm, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin

Saturday 9th March 2018
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20, 7.15pm, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin

Friday 16th March 2018
England U20 v Ireland U20, 8pm, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Tickets are available for the Ireland U20 home games via www.ticketmaster.ie