Ruddock rings changes for France match
Northampton Saints academy wing Wootton to make his Ireland debut
Ireland head coach Mike Ruddock. Photograph: Gwna‘l Mah/InphoŽ
Ireland coach Mike Ruddock has made a number of changes to the side that lost narrowly 31-26 to New Zealand for tomorrow night’s IRB Under-20 World Championship game against France (7.15, live on TG4).
Rory Scholes switches from left wing to fullback while Northampton Saints academy prospect Alex Wootton will make his debut having been called out during the tournament to replace the injured Tom Daly. Darren Sweetham replaces Adam Byrne on the right wing.
Up front former Clongowes schoolboy Bryan Byrne starts at hooker with Sean McCarthy coming in to partner John Donnan in the secondrow and Ryan Murphy named at number eight with Conor Joyce switching to blindside flanker.
Ireland U-20: Rory Scholes (Belfast Harlequins /Ulster); Darren Sweetnam (UCC/Munster), Thomas Farrell (Lansdowne/Leinster), Rory Scannell (Dolphin/Munster), Alex Wootton (Northampton Saints/ Exiles); Steve Crosbie (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster, capt); Peter Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster), Bryan Byrne (UCD/Leinster), Christopher Taylor (Malone/Ulster); Sean McCarthy (Shannon/Munster), John Donnan (Ballynahinch/Ulster); Conor Joyce (Malone/Ulster), Josh Van Der Flier (UCD/Leinster), Ryan Murphy (Dolphin/Munster). Replacements: George McGuigan (Newcastle Falcons/Exiles), Edward Byrne (UCD /Leinster), Adam Boland (Lansdowne/Connacht), Peadar Timmins (UCD/Leinster), Jack O’Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster), David Shanahan (Clontarf/Leinster), Mark Roche (Lansdowne/Connacht), David Panter (Corinthians/Connacht)