Ireland U-20 team shows two changes

Alex Wootton and Darragh Moloney are promoted to the starting side for tomorrow morning’s game against Wales

Ireland’s Alex Wootton starts on the left wing against Wales. Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Mike Ruddock has made two changes to the starting team for tomorrow morning's (live at 6.35am on TG4) Under-20 World Championship game against Wales in Pukekohe.

Ireland lost 19-13 to Six Nations champions, France in their opening game and will be hoping that they can avenge a 16-0 defeat to the Welsh earlier in the season.

Former Northampton Saints academy prospect Alex Wootton - he was called out to the World Cup asa replacement last year - starts on the left wing. Cork Constitution and Munster's Darragh Moloney comes into the secondrow.

Oisin Heffernan, Josh Murphy and Harrison Brewer have been called into the replacements.


Ireland: C Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster); C Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht), G Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), D Goggin (Young Munster /Munster), A Wootton (Garryowen/Munster); R Byrne (UCD/Leinster), N McCarthy (UCD/Leinster); P Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster), M Abbott (Cork Constitution/Munster), R Burke (Cork Constitution/Munster); D Moloney (Cork Constitution/Munster), Ross Molony (UCD/Leinster); P Timmins (UCD/Leinster), F Taggart (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), J O' Donoghue (ULBohemians/Munster, capt). Replacements: D Donnellan (UCD/Leinster), D Coulson (Lansdowne/Leinster), O Heffernan (Lansdowne/Leinster), J Murphy (UCD/Leinster), D Dee (Young Munster/Munster), R Foley (Cork Constitution/Munster), C McKeon (Lansdowne/Leinster), H Brewer (Terenure/Leinster).

John O'Sullivan

John O'Sullivan

John O'Sullivan is an Irish Times sports writer