Cian Kelleher brought into Under-20 team to face Wales

Jack O’Donoghue has recovered to take his place at number eight

Cian Kelleher: Leinster wing comes in as only change to team that beat Scotland. Photograph: Inpho.

Cian Kelleher: Leinster wing comes in as only change to team that beat Scotland. Photograph: Inpho.

 

Coach Mike Ruddock makes just one change to the side that defeated Scotland in the opening match of the U20 Six Nations Championship with Cian Kelleher on to the wing in place of Adam Byrne for this week’s game against Wales in Dubarry Park.

Man of the Match against Scotland, number eight Jack O’Donoghue, has recovered from a knock he took in the match. O’Donoghue who scored twice against the Scots, again links up with fellow try scorer Peadar Timmins and team captain Dan Leavy.

Ross Byrne kicked 14 points and retains his place at outhalf and will again be partnered at half-back by the impressive Nick McCarthy. There are three further changes on the bench with Seán McNulty replacing Jacob Walshe, Denis Coulson replacing Shane Delahunt and Frankie Taggart coming in for Rory Moloney.
IRELAND U20: D Busby (Ulster); C Kelleher (Leinster), G Ringrose (Leinster), P Robb Leinster), I Fitzpatrick (Leinster), R Byrne (Leinster), N McCarthy (Leinster); J O’Donoghue (Munster), D Leavy (Leinster, capt), P Timmons (Leinster), R Molony (Leinster), S O’Brien (Connacht), R Burke (Munster), M Abbott (Munster), P Dooley (Leinster). Replacements: S McNulty (Munster), D Coulson (Leinster), O Heffernan (Leinster), J Joyce (Exiles), F Taggart (Ulster), J Cullen (Munster), C McKeon (Leinster), D Goggin (Munster).