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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# U20 Six Nations

Last year
2022
# Green shoots
Nine-try Ireland U20s crush Scotland to claim Grand Slam success
Richie Murphy’s side are the first Ireland U20s generation to win a Grand Slam having had to travel to both France and England.
# Team news
Four changes to Ireland U20 side named for 'tough' Italy test in Cork
Richie Murphy has freshened up his backline as Ireland aim to make it three wins from three.
# bright future
'It's an extraordinary achievement... their first win in France since 2012'
The Ireland U20s had a thrilling win over France last weekend.
# back for more
Ireland prop Jack Boyle embracing second shot at U20 Six Nations
The loosehead is one of only four players in the current squad who also featured in last year’s championship.
# U20 Six Nations
Murphy makes four changes to Ireland U20s team to play France
Ireland take on France in Aix-en-Provence on Friday.
All time
# effort boys
France's power in reserve tells as they pip never-say-die Ireland to second in U20s Six Nations
Les jeunes Bleus emerged 34-28 winners after a seismic second-half effort, but they still had to hold Richie Murphy’s men off at the death.
# The Future
Promising Ireland U20s squad can end Six Nations campaign on a high
Richie Murphy’s side take on France in Cardiff today.
# Boys in Green
Lasisi and Illo drafted in as Ireland make two changes for U20 Six Nations clash with England
The sides will square off tomorrow night in Cardiff.
# On a Roll
Excellent Ireland U20s make it 2/2 with bonus-point win over hosts Wales
Nathan Doak was outstanding as Richie Murphy’s side scored five tries.
# Team news
Six changes as Ireland U20s continue Six Nations title defence against Wales
The sides meet in Cardiff tomorrow evening at 8pm.
# Dates For The Diary
All games to be held in Cardiff as Ireland's rescheduled U20 Six Nations fixtures announced
Richie Murphy’s side will get their campaign underway against Scotland on 19 June.
# friday night rugby
Ulster flyer McIlroy soaking lessons, not tackles as U20s face up to England
The winger says his brush with senior rugby was a ‘surprise’,but it didn’t appear to take him aback.
# next gen
Cork Con's Crowley starts at 10 as Ireland U20s begin Grand Slam defence
Noel McNamara has picked five of last year’s crop to start this year’s Six Nations, all in the pack.
# tall timber
U20 lock Ahern grateful for Holland influence aiding his rapid rise
The vastly experienced Munster lock is an invaluable source of information for the Waterford man.
# 2020 20s
Ulster's McCann named captain as McNamara unveils 37-strong Ireland U20 squad
Leinster prop Tom Clarkson will be vice-captain and one of seven men who helped seal a Grand Slam last year.
# Next generation
Trevor Brennan's son Joshua named in France U20s Six Nations squad
Head coach Philippe Boher has made his selection for the opening ties against England and Italy.
# Bright Futures
5 standout stars of Ireland's memorable U20 Grand Slam campaign
Noel McNamara’s squad have a bright future ahead of them.
# Room to improve
Grand Slam success only the start for McNamara's band of brothers
Munster prop Josh Wycherley wants the side to push on and challenge at this summer’s U20 World Championship.
# clean sweep
Reilly's sniping score hands McNamara's Ireland memorable Grand Slam win
The replacement scrum-half, promoted to the bench just before kick-off, produced a moment of magic for Ireland in north Wales.
AS IT HAPPENED
Wales U20 v Ireland U20, Grand Slam decider
Noel McNamara’s men went to Wales with the title already in the bag. We followed their bid to complete the clean sweep.
# flash harry
Byrne returns at out-half for Ireland U20 side bidding for Grand Slam glory
Noel McNamara has named his side for Friday night’s showdown with Wales in Colwyn Bay.
# senior voice
Pro14 and Jared Payne influence fueling Kernohan confidence
The Ulster starlet is growing thanks to a full season with Dan McFarland’s squad and the experience from 11 senior appearances.
# 6 Nations
Captain Hawkshaw a doubt for Ireland U20s with Cork crunch match looming
The captain picked up a ‘knock’ in training yesterday and could lead Noel McNamara to run Sean French from the start.
# young bucc
Ex-Roscommon minor Murray intent on delivering major prize for Ireland U20
‘We know we’re not the biggest team, but we’re a smart team.’
# hard fought
Clinical Ireland U20s take bonus point in Italy to sustain winning run in Six Nations
Shannon scrum-half Craig Casey grabbed two tries to keep Ireland on course for a Grand Slam.
# Young Talent
'He wouldn't be the loudest': Leinster's Penny does his talking on the pitch
The flanker led Ireland’s defensive effort against England and will be hoping for more of the same against Scotland tonight.
# U20 Six Nations
High-achiever Flannery strikes the right balance between study and rugby
The Tipperary native excelled at fullback for Ireland U20s in their win over England last Friday.
# Forward progress
'It's about finding a way. They found a way': U20 pack show their teeth to beat England
Noel McNamara’s pack worked brilliantly to lay a platform for the win over England.
# expectation
U20 boss McNamara unfazed and unsurprised by superb win over England
The head coach paid credit to his side’s mental toughness as they twice faced 11-point deficits in the first half.
# U20 Six Nations
From back row to front row, Connacht's Tierney-Martin enjoying the journey
The Ireland U20s hooker has made huge strides in recent years.
# U20 Six Nations
Munster scrum-half Casey ready for big chance after 14-month injury hell
Now in his second year in the province’s academy, Casey hopes to kick on during the U20 Six Nations.
# Exiles
McNamara excited by addition of Saracens centre to Ireland U20 ranks
Oliver Morris has come through the IRFU’s IQ Rugby programme.
# mark your diary
Ireland's fixtures for 2019 U20 and Women's Six Nations announced
Both teams will get their campaigns underway on home soil next February.
# new home
Ireland U20s to play Six Nations games at Cork's Musgrave Park
Noel McNamara’s side host England and France in next year’s championship.
# Close Call
Ireland hang on against 14-man Italy to get Six Nations campaign up and running
Noel McNamara’s side were fortunate to escape with the win having led 31-8 just before half-time.
# the byrnes
'You can see every step, it's a massive help': Ireland 10 wants to follow brother's footsteps
As Ross Byrne lines out for Leinster on Friday, his younger brother Harry will be in action for Ireland U20s.
# learning curve
'It’s a learning experience and the challenge now is to get things right this week'
It’s a big week for the Ireland U20s as they look to get their Six Nations campaign back on track.
# brains trust
'We're trying to be the smartest team out there'
Ireland hoping to combine brains and brawn as the U20 Six Nations gets under way this evening.
# Team news
Ireland name 32-man squad for U20 Six Nations
It features 11 players already capped at the age grade.
# Dan the Man
Trevor Brennan's son named in France's U20 Six Nations squad
The 125kg prop could come up against Ireland in Brive on the opening weekend.