Ireland U20 name unchanged team to face England in World Championship final

Nigel Carolan was obviously impressed with his side's 37-7 victory over Argentina in the semi-final

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It's as you were for Nigel Carolan who names the same starting XV to face England in the U20 Rugby World Championship.

Obviously impressed by their comprehensive victory over Argentina in the semi-final and not hampered by any fresh injury concerns, Carolan has gone with the same squad for the final game of the tournament.

James Ryan continues in his capacity as captain and starts in the second row alongside Sean O'Connor.

Max Deegan, who has been nominated as player of the tournament starts at number 8, with flankers David Aspil and Greg Jones either side of him.

Jacob Stockdale will look to add to his four tries so far at the championship and starts at full-back with Matthew Byrne and Hugo Keenan on the wings.

"When this group of players came together for the Six Nations earlier this year, they showed a willingness and a desire to learn and grow together as a group," Carolan said ahead of the final.

"They have put in the hard work on and off the field this season and their reward for that is tomorrow evening's final against England.

"All the players came through the game against Argentina on Monday and we have had a good few days of preparation so I think everyone is now just looking forward to getting the game underway tomorrow."

Ireland XV to face England

15. Jacob Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins / Ulster)
14. Matthew Byrne (Terenure / Leinster)
13. Shane Daly (Cork Con / Munster)
12. Conor O'Brien (Clontarf / Leinster)
11. Hugo Keenan (UCD / Leinster)
10. Johnny McPhillips (Queen's University / Ulster)
9. Stephen Kerins (Sligo / Connacht)

1. Andrew Porter (UCD / Leinster)
2. Adam McBurney (Ballymena / Ulster)
3. Ben Betts (Young Munster / Munster)
4. Sean O'Connor (Cashel / Munster)
5. James Ryan (Lansdowne / Leinster) (C)
6. Greg Jones (UCD / Leinster)
7. David Aspil (St.Mary's RFC / Leinster)
8. Max Deegan (Lansdowne / Leinster)

16. Vincent O'Brien (Cork Con / Munster)
17. James Bollard (Dublin University / Leinster)
18. Adam Coyle (Naas / Leinster)
19. Evan Mintern (Cork Con / Munster)
20. Kelvin Brown (Shannon / Munster)
21. Niall Saunders (Harlequins)
22. Brett Connon (Newcastle Falcons)
23. Jimmy O'Brien (UCD / Leinster)


There will be a special extended Off The Ball this Saturday at 6.45pm where Oisin Langan and Gavin Duffy will be bringing you live commentary from the U20s World Championship final.