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This tournament usually gives us some cracking matches and erratic scorelines. How is your nation shaping up?
 

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Ireland Under-20 2020 Six Nations Squad:
Forwards (20):

Loosehead
Charlie Ward (Tullow RFC / Clontarf FC / Leinster)
Marcus Hannan (Clane RFC / Old Belvedere RFC / Leinster)
Harry Noonan (Greystones RFC / Old Wesley RFC / Leinster)

Hooker
Tom Stewart (Belfast Royal Academy / Ballynahinch RFC / Ulster)
John McKee (Campbell College / Old Belvedere / Leinster)
Bobby Sheehan (Clongowes Wood College / UCD RFC / Leinster)

Tighthead
Thomas Clarkson (Blackrock College / Dublin University FC / Leinster)
Ryan McMahon (Clongowes Wood College / Old Belvedere RFC / Leinster)

Secondrow
Brian Deeny (Wexford Wanderers / Clontarf FC / Leinster)
Eoin O’Connor (Waterpark RFC / Young Munster RFC / Munster)
Thomas Ahern (Waterpark RFC / Shannon RFC / Munster)
Joe McCarthy (Blackrock College / Dublin University FC / Leinster)
Alex Soroka (Belvedere College / Dublin University FC / Leinster)

Backrow
Cian Prendergast (Newbridge College / UCD RFC / Leinster)
Cian Hurley (CBC Cork / Garryowen FC / Munster)
Sean O’Brien (Blackrock College / UCD RFC / Leinster)
Mark Hernan (St Michael’s College / Lansdowne FC / Leinster)
Anthony Ryan (Clongowes Wood College / Dublin University FC / Leinster)
David McCann (RBAI / Banbridge RFC / Ulster)
Joshua Dunne (Denstone College / Galwegians RFC / Connacht).


Backs (17):

ScrumHalf
Lewis Finlay (Down High School / Malone RFC / Ulster)
Ben Murphy (Presentation College Bray / Clontarf FC / Leinster)
Conor McKee (Sullivan Upper School / Queens RFC / Ulster)

Outhalf
Jack Crowley (Bandon RFC / Cork Constitution FC / Munster)
Cathal Forde (Coláiste Iognáid / Corinthians RFC / Connacht)
Tim Corkery (Kilkenny RFC / Lansdowne FC / Leinster)

Wing
Andrew Smith (St Michael’s College / Clontarf FC / Leinster)
Niall Comerford (Blackrock College / UCD RFC / Leinster)
Ethan McIlroy (Methody College / Queens RFC / Ulster)
Diarmuid Kilgallen (Cistercian College Roscrea / Galwegians RFC / Connacht)

Center
Hayden Hyde (Cranleigh School / Ballynahinch RFC / Ulster)
Ben Moxham (Ballymena RFC / Ballymena RFC / Ulster)
Harry O’Riordan (CBC Cork / UCC RFC / Munster)
Luis Faria (Newpark Comprehensive / Dublin University FC / Leinster)

Fullback
Dan Kelly (Kirkham Grammar / Loughborogh University / IQ Rugby)
Oran McNulty (Millfield School / Corinthians RFC / Connacht)
Max O’Reilly (St Gerard’s / Dublin University FC / Leinster).


20 Leinster
7 Ulster
5 Munster
4 Connacht
 

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We got some talent (as do most of the nations in fairness) and will be interested to see how a number of the boys do. Ioan Lloyd, Sam Costelow and Jac Morgan in particular. Don’t know why Carwyn Tuipiloto hasn’t been selected, I’ve got some high hopes for him but I think he’s still eligible for u18’s so maybe they’re keeping him there.

Wales U20 squad for Six Nations 2020

Full-backs/Wings:
Dan John (Millfield School), Josh Thomas (Ospreys), Ewan Rosser (Dragons), Callum Williams (Scarlets), Harri Doel (Scarlets)

Centres:
Bradley Roderick(Ospreys), Aneurin Owen (Dragons), Osian Knott (Scarlets)

Fly-halves:
Sam Costelow (Leicester Tigers), Luke Scully (Worcester), Jacob Beetham (Cardiff Blues), Ioan Lloyd (Bristol)

Scrum-halves:
Ellis Bevan (Cardiff Met), Dafydd Buckland (Dragons)

Back row:
Travis Huntley (Ospreys), Morgan Strong (Ospreys), Gwilym Bradley (Cardiff Blues), Ioan Davies (Cardiff Blues), Jac Morgan (Scarlets – CAPT), Benji Hoppe (Dragons)

Second Row:
James Fender (Ospreys), Rhys Thomas (Ospreys), Ben Carter (Dragons), Jac Price (Scarlets)

Props:
Theo Bevacqua (Cardiff Blues), Ben Warren (Cardiff Blues), Callum Williams (Scarlets), Archie Griffin (Bath), Harri O Connor (Scarlets), Dylan Bartlett (Dragons)

Hookers:
Dom Booth (Scarlets), Will Griffiths (Dragons), Brodie Coghlan Dragons)
 

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England U20 squad:

Forwards:
Alfie Barbeary (Wasps Rugby), Harvey Beaton (Saracens), Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), Jack Clement (Gloucester Rugby), Sam Crean (Saracens), Theodore Dan (Saracens), Ben Donnell (London Irish), Rob Farrar (Newcastle Falcons), Josh Gray (Gloucester Rugby), Luke Green (London Irish), George Martin (Leicester Tigers), Nahum Merigan (Bath Rugby), Hugh Tizard (Harlequins), JJ Tonks (Northampton Saints), Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs), James Whitcombe (Leicester Tigers)

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George Barton (Gloucester Rugby), Joe Carpenter (Sale Sharks), Tom Curtis (Sale Sharks), Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks), Gabriel Hamer-Webb (Bath Rugby), Will Haydon-Wood (Newcastle Falcons), Noah Heward (Worcester Warriors), Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons), Max Ojomoh (Bath Rugby), Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), Raphael Quirke (Sale Sharks), Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks), Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers), Jack Van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers), Manu Vunipola (Saracens)
 

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WoL has just put an article out detailing the 10 Welsh Under 20’s to look out for:

Jac Morgan
The captain of the squad and a young man who has already made his mark at first-team level with the Scarlets. Just turned 20, this back rower from Brynamman made a big impact at the Junior World Championship in Argentina last summer with his powerful carrying from No 8.

He’s also very effective over the ball, as he demonstrated when packing down on the openside flank against Bayonne in the Challenge Cup last month, and he’s a hard tackler too.

Scarlets coach Brad Mooar is a fan. “Remember the name because it’s going to be popping up more and more,” said the Kiwi. “He’s an outstanding young prospect and it looks like he has been doing it all his life.”

Sam Costelow

Has been in the news recently, with the Scarlets signing him up on a two-year deal from Leicester, and he’s likely to be a key figure for Wales during this Six Nations campaign.

A product of Pencoed RFC, he’s a will-o-the-wisp, jinking fly-half, who is also able to slot into the centre if required. A big talent with a big future.

Dan John

One of only two members of the squad - along with Cardiff Met scrum-half Ellis Bevan - who’s not listed with a professional team, as he is still studying at Millfield School.

But he’ll have them knocking at his door pretty soon if he keeps performing like he did for Wales U19s against Scotland at Ystrad Mynach last month.

His father Paul, the former Pontypridd and Wales scrum-half, was on hand to see him take a starring role with his pacy entries into the line from full-back, having flown in from Hong Kong, where he coaches the national Sevens side.

Aneurin Owen

There are high hopes for the 19-year-old centre. Started out as a 10 with Newport High School Old Boys, before being converted to a 12 by the Dragons and you can see his fly-half background coming through with his decision-making, his kicking and his ability to put people into space.

Has gained Premiership experience with Ebbw Vale and also appeared for the Dragons A team in the Celtic Cup. Acquired the nickname NHS while with the Steelmen, thanks to his Christian name!

Dafydd Buckland

Grabbed his chance when opportunity knocked last year amid injuries and illness to other scrum-halves and ended up playing in nine of the U20s ten matches.

That experience and durability will stand him in good stead as he looks to continue his good work now. Born in Cardiff, he’s on the books of the Dragons.

Ben Warren

Began his rugby journey with Ystrad Rhondda as a No 8 before moving to tighthead prop. Was part of a strong Rhondda Schools side, going on to link up with the Cardiff Blues Academy. Has represented Wales at U16s, U18s, U19s and now U20s, being pretty much ever-present for the latter side during 2019.

Ioan Lloyd

Hit the headlines in the autumn with a couple of try-scoring cameos as a back-three sub for the Bristol first team. The west country club recognised the young Cardiffian’s huge talent by signing him up on a four-year deal at the age of 17.

Has been named in the U20s squad as a fly-half, which is where he shone for Wales U18s last year with his pace and elusive running. His availability during the Championship may be limited due to club commitments with Bristol.

Jac Price

A chunky, tight-head second row in the Jake Ball mould. Hard-working and puts himself about. Having come through the junior ranks with Carmarthen Quins, he was a regular for the Scarlets A-team in the Celtic Cup this term, having been part of the Wales side that beat New Zealand at the U20s World Championship last summer.

A talented sportsman, he has represented his country in golf at junior level.

Ioan Davies

Not to be confused with the full-back of the same name who is also on the books of Cardiff Blues and played for Wales U20s last year. This Ioan Davies is a back rower from Merthyr Tydfil with a big work-rate.

Osian Knott

Tall and rangy, the Scarlets centre from Carmarthen is a strong carrier who can truck it up - utilising his 6ft 2ins, 16st 2lbs frame - and has also developed his all-round game.
 

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England men U20s team to play France

1. James Whitcombe (Leicester Tigers)
2. Theo Dan (Saracens)
3. Luke Green (London Irish)
4. George Hammond (Harlequins)
5. Ben Donnell (London Irish)
6. JJ Tonks (Northampton Saints)
7. Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs)
8. Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs)
9. Sam Maunder – captain (Exeter Chiefs)
10. Manu Vunipola (Saracens)
11. Tom Roebuck (Sale Sharks)
12. Max Ojomoh (Bath Rugby)
13. Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks)
14. Gabriel Hamer-Webb (Bath Rugby)
15. Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons)

Replacements
16. Ben Atkins (London Irish)
17. Emmanuel Iyogun (Northampton Saints)
18. Harvey Beaton (Saracens)
19. Hugh Tizard (Harlequins)
20. Jack Clement (Gloucester Rugby)
21. Jack Van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers)
22. George Barton (Gloucester Rugby)
23. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
 

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Ireland U20 (v Scotland)

15. Oran McNulty (Millfield School / Corinthians RFC / Connacht)
14. Ethan McIlroy (Methody College / Queens RFC / Ulster)
13. Dan Kelly (Kirkham Grammar / Loughborogh University / IQ Rugby)
12. Hayden Hyde (Cranleigh School / Ballynahinch RFC / Ulster)
11. Andrew Smith (St Michael’s College / Clontarf FC / Leinster)
10. Jack Crowley (Bandon RFC / Cork Constitution FC / Munster)
9. Lewis Finlay (Down High School / Malone RFC / Ulster)

1. Charlie Ward (Tullow RFC / Clontarf FC / Leinster)
2. Tom Stewart (Belfast Royal Academy / Ballynahinch RFC / Ulster)
3. Thomas Clarkson (Blackrock College / Dublin University FC / Leinster)
4. Brian Deeny (Wexford Wanderers / Clontarf FC / Leinster)
5. Thomas Ahern (Waterpark RFC / Shannon RFC / Munster)
6. Sean O’Brien (Blackrock College / UCD RFC / Leinster)
7. Mark Hernan (St Michael’s College / Lansdowne FC / Leinster)
8. David McCann (RBAI / Banbridge RFC / Ulster)(captain)



Replacements:

16. John McKee (Campbell College / Old Belvedere / Leinster)
17. Ciaran Ryan (Rockwell College / Cashel RFC / Munster)
18. Ryan McMahon (Clongowes Wood College / Old Belvedere RFC / Leinster)
19. Joe McCarthy (Blackrock College / Dublin University FC / Leinster)
20. Alexis Soroka (Belvedere College / Dublin University FC / Leinster)
21. Ben Murphy (Presentation College Bray / Clontarf FC / Leinster)
22. Tim Corkery (Kilkenny RFC / UCD / Leinster)
23. Luis Faria (Newpark Comprehensive / Dublin University FC / Leinster).

Pretty dissapointing Munster contingent this year, but I think it was expected this year wasn't a great one from us. Ahern is highly rated and a talented footballer. He's 6"9, but he definitely has a good bit of weight to add to his frame yet. Must admit I don't know much about Crowley. Big news story I suppose is a really strong Ulster contingent which was expected this year. Great to see the Sean O'Brien pipeline is still producing. Three IQ lads in the team if I'm not mistaken? McNulty, McIlroy and Kelly. Nice to see a few Leinster lads from outside the traditional schools or through clubs too in Newpark, Kilkenny RFC, Tullow RFC, Wexford Wanderers and Pres Bray.
 

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Can't wait for Ben Donnell and Connor Doherty to Red Wedding England when we play them in the name of a provincial academy spot.
 

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That’s the weakest England U20s side we’ve put out in quite a while IMO.
 

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That’s the weakest England U20s side we’ve put out in quite a while IMO.
Ennit, not a whole lot of senior experience in there. I think only 9 are in their second year of u20s, so I guess it's just the first year of a fresh batch.
 

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Ennit, not a whole lot of senior experience in there. I think only 9 are in their second year of u20s, so I guess it's just the first year of a fresh batch.
There's some definite talent in there - just not much experience, and the polish it provides. Expect to see a bunch of individuals trying to do it themselves, rather than a team playing with any sort of cohesion.
 

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England U20 always look a bit weak though in this 6N’s TBF.
 

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England U20 always look a bit weak though in this 6N’s TBF.
True - the best talent tends to be on club duty, especially when we play the Pointless Cup during the 6N window. Besides welding the talent into a team is always an uphill struggle at this level - especially since sacking the best coaches!
 

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The England back line looks good IMO.
Forwards harder to judge because most clubs don’t play many U20 forwards.
 

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Anyone know the TV schedule for the U-20s?
 

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Does anyone know if tonight’s Wales vs Italy U20’s (or any of the Wales U20’s games) will be shown anywhere other than S4C? I found this admittedly dodgy website:

https://www.wheresthematch.com/Rugby-Union/Wales-U20.asp

... that ‘suggests’ that the matches after the Italy game will be shown on Sky Sports but I’ve looked ahead on my planner and the Ireland vs Wales U20’s isn’t scheduled on Sky Sports (or S4C for that matter).

I remember there were issues last year and I wasn’t able to watch all the U20’s games (which is very ****ing annoying).

edit. Sorry @Amiga500 i just blindly posted without reading all the thread. Only saw your last post after I’d hit publish.
 
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