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Ireland Under 20 Squad Announced

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  1. Coach, Allen Clarke, has named 14 forwards and 12 backs in the squad with seven players having previously lined out for the U-20’s including recent Leinster debutant, Rhys Ruddock. Tiernan O'Halloran of Connacht is also included as are John Cooney and Nevin Spence from last year's squad. Ireland open their campaign with a fixture against Italy on Friday 5th February and will again make Dubarry Park in Athlone their home for the tournament.

    Speaking of his selection Clarke said "The attitude of the players has been excellent, both in their individual attention and motivation while developing with their provincial rugby and fitness coaches and while playing for their clubs.

    "The warm up games against the Provincial Development sides have provided the opportunity to develop our game and identify the areas we need to improve."

    "We all recognize the potential of the squad while respecting the challenges ahead, the first of which is to start the Six Nations campaign against Italy at home with a good performance. Being the first game of the championship means we have little knowledge of the opposition so our concentration is to be accurate with and without the ball.’

    IRELAND Under 20 Squad (2010 RBS 6 Nations Championship)

    Backs -
    Andrew Conway (Blackrock/Leinster)
    John Cooney (UCD/Leinster)*
    Eoin Griffin (Corinthians/Connacht)
    Michael Heaney (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
    Darren Hudson (St. Mary's /Leinster)
    Brian Kingston (Blackrock/Leinster)
    Brendan Macken (Blackrock/Leinster)
    James McKinney (Queens/Ulster)
    David McSharry (UCD/Leinster)
    Tiernan O'Halloran (Galwegians/Connacht)
    Nevin Spence (Ballynahinch/Ulster)*
    Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)

    Niall Annett (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
    Denis Buckley (Corinthians/Connacht)
    Patrick Butler (Shannon/Munster)
    Bryan Cagney (UCC/Munster)
    David Doyle (UCD/Leinster)
    Brian Hayes (Cork Constitution/Munster)*
    Stewart Maguire (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
    Ben Marshall (UCD/Leinster)
    Jordi Murphy (Blackrock/Leinster)
    Robin O’Sullivan (Bective/Leinster)
    David O'Callaghan (UCC/Munster)*
    Jack O'Connell (Lansdowne/Leinster)*
    Rhys Ruddock (UCD/Leinster)*
    Dominic Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster)*

    From http://www.irishrugby.ie/283_19490.php

    It's a very talented squad but it might be a year early for them. Their best players are still u19.

    There are two notable absentees. Noel Reid was the likely starting outhalf before injury struck while Brian O'Hara also must be injured seeing as he captained the team in their friendles against Leinster A and the Ulster Ravens.
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  3. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    Expecting big things from Brendan Macken, Tiernan O'Halloran, Nevin Spence, Liam Zebo, Denis Buckley, Jordi Murphy, Dominic Ryan and Rhys Ruddock.

    Tis a good team. Here's to another championship.
  4. <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (feicarsinn @ Jan 25 2010, 06:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Winning the Championship is of little concern to me. I'd much rather see Allen Clarke trust his players and allow them showcase their ability than adhere to a rigid game plan which may get results but won't develop talented players. Put the ball in the hands of the outside backs and backrowers and see what they can do.

    Four of these games will be live on RTE Two. The other game v England is likely to be on Sky Sports. They could be well worth watching.

    The provincial breakdown is as follows if anybody's interested:
    Connacht 3
    Leinster 14
    Munster 5
    Ulster 4
  5. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    Just goes to show you howbigrugby has grwon in this country over the last ten years. Imagine in 2000 the idea of the national broadcaster showing 4 under 20 rugby games on friday nights. unthinkable. But here we are.

    Of course winning the championship is of secondary concern to player development but all the same it would be a nice one to have.
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    I'm looking forward to this. Despite the absence of Noel Reid and Tiernan O'Halloran (through injury?) it's still a potentially excellent backline. Macken and Spence in the centre could prove to be a very potent combination. The backrow is outstanding but the tight 5 is an unknown quantity. Niall Annett is the frontrower I most want to see. He has a brilliant pedigree from his time in schools rugby with Methody where he often lined out at no.8.

    I'm slightly surprised that Brian Hayes and Stewart Maguire don't start. Maguire was poached by the Leinster academy due to his massive frame but he misses out to the Leinster u20 captain who isn't in the academy.
  7. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    Tiernan O'Halloran is playing for Connacht A against Munster A this week, strange he is left out.
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  9. 13-0 to Ireland after 30 minutes - tries from Hudson and Spence. The scrum looks very powerful and the back three seem to be excellent counter attackers. The half backs are passing quite poorly though.
  10. Still 13-0 at the break.

    As I said in my last post, the Irish scrum has been rock solid on their own ball and is completely disrupting Italy's possession.

    The backrow, especially Patrick Butler, have been everywhere.

    Lineout is going okay.

    Half backs look very average. McKinney is a good player but seems nervous - his place kicking, passing (although it improved as the half wore on) and tactical kicking haven't been great.

    Spence seems dangerous in midfield while Macken is f'n massive and eager to get on he ball.

    Very impressed with the back three. Zebo is somebody I'm not familiar with but he seems like a real prospect as he's big, quick, solid under the high ball and runs with the ball in both hands.
  11. Superb try down the blindside by Ireland. Zebo with an excellent finish. 20-0
  12. monkeypigeon

    monkeypigeon Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (snoopy snoopy dog dog @ Feb 5 2010, 08:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Pres guy from 2 years ago. Known for his speed. But not so much for his defence though I'm sure the last year and a half in the AIL Division 1 (and 1A) with Con has fixed that. I think he's in the Munster Academy at the moment...not sure. I'll check later.
  13. Darren Hudson just scored his 2nd try after a beautiful pop pass from James McKinney. The flyhalf has looked much better in the 2nd half.

    Italy are awful.

  14. 6 tries to zip; 39-0 final score. Hat-trick from Hudson plus one each from Zebo, Spence and Macken. There's some explosive pace and power in that backline.

    Second half was better than the first with both flyhalves looking good in that period. McKinney needs to move forward a bit more because he tends to sit in the pocket. Kingston moved the ball better but didn't control the game as well as the guy he replaced.

    Stewart Maguire may be a man mountain but the scrum noticably got worse when he took the field. Apparently the same has been happening when he's played for Leinster. He needs a lot of work.

    Thought the lineout got much worse when David Doyle replaced Niall Annett. Doyle has recently converted from flanker which may explain his struggles throwing the ball in.

    Overall, plenty of positives but there's a lot to work on.
  15. Olyy

    Olyy Guest

    Looking forward to the England Ireland match, should be a cracker
  16. <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Olyy @ Feb 5 2010, 09:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Hopefully it will be. I thnk it may be closer to the World Cup before Ireland peak. There are 3 or 4 probable startng players who missed yesterday's game through injury or other reasons.

    England should be very good at this level for the next few years seeing as the extra kids who took up rugby after the 2003 World Cup win will be coming to the fore around now.
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