Ireland’s captain Nicolas McCarthy ahead of their RBS Under 20 Six Nations match against England. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Ireland Under 20s have named an unchanged team from that which excelled against France two weeks ago for the challenge of England, where another brui(...)

Ireland U20 captain Nick  McCarthy says the team is “just focused” on Friday’s Six Nations game against England in Donnybrook. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Following comprehensive victories over Italy and defending champions France, expectations will be high for the Ireland U20s when they welcome England(...)

 Ireland’s Steven Fitzgerald bursts past  Lucas Meret to score his Six Nations debut try against  France in Athlone. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Ireland U20 37 France U20 20 Swashbuckling back play, a robust carrying game around the fringes and tremendous character in defence were the pr(...)

Robbie Henshaw says it was a great feeling to get the win, even sitting in the stands, in last year’s Six Nations, but “it’s a new challenge this year”.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The first thing that strikes you about Robbie Henshaw is how grounded and level-headed he is. Aside from a striking physicality which is unusual for a(...)

 Ireland’s Cian Romaine scores a try against Italy in Biella.  Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli / Inpho

Italy 15 Ireland 47Ireland had not lost to Italy in seven previous meetings in the Under-20 Six Nations but they must have feared they were in a for t(...)

Leinster centre Garry Ringrose is one of the talented backs in the Ireland under-20 team to play Italy. Photograph: Inpho.

Under-20 Six Nations Championship Italy Under-20s v Ireland Under-20s Stadio Pozzi Lamamora (Friday, 6.0, Irish time) A five-inch blanke(...)

Lorcan Dow, Nick McCarthy, head coach Nigel Carolan and Rory Moloney of the Irish Under 20s who have named their team for the Six Nations opener against Italy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Coach Nigel Carolan has picked six players from last year for Ireland’s opening match against Italy Under 20s. Five will lineout in the opener in Stad(...)

Scrumhalf Nick McCarthy was chosen by his teammates to lead the side this year

Tuesday, January 6th, a day of reckoning.It’s a little before 10am in the Lansdowne pavilion, a bright, crisp morning, but one where the mercury barel(...)

Connacht head coach Pat Lam says he wouldn’t be working in Galway if the province didn’t match his ambition. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“We’re pretty blessed to be in quite a special place,” says Pat Lam. In a sense, he has made it that way for his family, for the Connacht team, for t(...)

 (L-R) Lorcan Dow, captain Nick McCarthy, head coach Nigel Carolan and Rory Moloney of Ireland U20s. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

The Irish Under 20 team will play in Dublin for the first time since 2005 as an extended squad of 30 players was named ahead of the Six Nations campai(...)