Ireland national under-20 rugby union team

The Ireland national under-20 rugby team was formed in 2006, having previously been known as the under-21 team. They won the Grand Slam during the 2007 and 2019 Six Nations Under 20s Championship's, and also won the championship in 2010.[1]

Ireland U-20
UnionIrish Rugby Football Union
Ground(s)Irish Independent Park (Capacity: 8,008)
Coach(es)Noel McNamara
Captain(s)Charlie Ryan (2019 U20 WC)
Most capsDominic Ryan (20)
Iain Henderson (20)
Top scorerRoss Byrne (129)
Most triesAndrew Conway (14)
Team kit
First international
Ireland 17–15 Wales
(2 February 2007)
Largest win
Ireland 51–3 Fiji
(9 June 2014)
Largest defeat
New Zealand 69–3 Ireland
(8 June 2017)
World Cup
Appearances12 (First in 2008)
Best result2nd, 2016

Current squad

Head coach Noel McNamara named his 28–man squad for the 2019 World Rugby Under 20 Championship on 28 May 2019.[2] Fly-half Harry Byrne, lock Brian Deeny, centre David Hawkshaw, flankers Martin Moloney and Scott Penny and winger Conor Phillips were unavailable due to injury,[3] though Deeny returned from injury in time to feature in the 5th–8th play-off against England later in the tournament.[4]

Centre Seán French and fullback Iwan Hughes were ruled out for the remainder of the tournament after picking up facial and finger injuries respectively in Ireland's opening fixture against England. Leinster's Max O'Reilly and Aaron O'Sullivan were called up as replacements.[5]

Flanker John Hodnett and centre Stewart Moore were also ruled out of the remainder of the tournament after sustaining knee and shoulder injuries respectively in the second pool fixture against Australia. Munster's Luke Clohessy was called up to replace Hodnett, with Leinster's David Ryan replacing Moore.[6]
(Note: all clubs are Irish unless otherwise stated.)

Player Position Club Province
Declan Adamson Hooker Clontarf Leinster
John McKee Hooker Old Belvedere Leinster
Dylan Tierney-Martin Hooker Corinthians Connacht
Tom Clarkson Prop Dublin University Leinster
Michael Milne Prop UCD Leinster
Charlie Ward Prop Clontarf Leinster
Josh Wycherley Prop Young Munster Munster
Thomas Ahern Lock Shannon Munster
Ryan Baird Lock Dublin University Leinster
Brian Deeny Lock Clontarf Leinster
Niall Murray Lock Buccaneers Connacht
Charlie Ryan (c) Lock UCD Leinster
Azur Allison Back-row Ballymena Ulster
Ciaran Booth Back-row Sale Sharks Irish Exiles
Luke Clohessy Back-row Shannon Munster
John Hodnett Back-row UCC Munster
David McCann Back-row Banbridge Ulster
Ronan Watters Back-row St Mary's Leinster
Craig Casey (vc) Scrum-half Shannon Munster
Cormac Foley Scrum-half St Mary's Leinster
Colm Reilly Scrum-half Buccaneers Connacht
Jake Flannery Fly-half Shannon Munster
Ben Healy Fly-half Garryowen Munster
Seán French Centre Cork Constitution Munster
Stewart Moore Centre Malone Ulster
David Ryan Centre UCD Leinster
Iwan Hughes Wing Ballynahinch Ulster
Angus Kernohan Wing Queen's University Ulster
Max O'Reilly Wing Dublin University Leinster
Aaron O'Sullivan Wing UCD Leinster
Liam Turner Wing Dublin University Leinster
Rob Russell Fullback Dublin University Leinster
Jonathan Wren Fullback Cork Constitution Munster

Coaching and management

Position Name
Head Coach Noel McNamara
Forwards Coach Ambrose Conboy
Assistant Coach Kieran Campbell
Team Manager Hendrik Kruger
Athletic Performance Coach Martin Kennedy
Performance Analyst John Buckley
Media & Communications Sam O'Byrne

Overall record

Opposition Played Won Drawn Lost % Won
 Argentina 5 3 0 2 60%
 Australia 3 1 0 2 33%
 England 20 7 013 35%
 Fiji 2 2 0 0 100%
 France 16 7 0 9 44%
 Georgia 3 2 0 1 67%
 Japan 1 1 0 0 100%
 Italy 1614 1 1 88%
 New Zealand 8 1 0 7 13%
 Samoa 3 2 0 1 67%
 Scotland 1914 0 5 74%
 South Africa 4 1 0 3 25%
 Tonga 1 1 0 0 100%
 Uruguay 1 1 0 0 100%
 Wales 17 6 1 10 35%
Total 119 63 2 54 53%

Correct as of 22 June 2019


See also


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