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Ireland’s Scott Penny is among four Grand Slam winners to miss the World Championships. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Ireland Under-20 squad will be without outhalf Harry Byrne (hip flexor), flanker Scott Penny (shoulder), centre David Hawkshaw (ACL/MCL) and wing (...)

The Irish players sing the national anthem ahead of the fifth and final Six Nations match against Wales in Colwyn Bay. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Who knew that the game ‘Connect 4’ could assist a group of young players to socialise, that teenagers can go through dinner without reaching for a mob(...)

Ireland players celebrate after beating Wales in Colwyn Bay to secure the Grand Slam. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Wales Under-20 17 Ireland Under-20 26 Grand Slam champions; it’s got a nice ring to it. No matter what this group of players goes on to achieve in ru(...)

Ireland Under-20  coach Noel McNamara:. “The boys are aware of the opportunity that’s there. That’s come about by backing themselves. and doing all the right things in the previous rounds.”  Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Wales Under-20 v Ireland Under-20, Parc Eirias (Friday, 7.05pm, live on RTÉ 2) Two years ago Noel McNamara, the then Ireland Under-18 coach, spoke t(...)

Harry Byrne of Ireland kicks a conversion during the win over Italy. Photo: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Lansdowne’s Harry Byrne returns to the Ireland team having missed the victory over France with a hip flexor issue for Friday night’s Under-20 Six Nati(...)

Liam Turner: “All the coaches are really helpful, so I have come on in leaps and bounds in terms of conditioning and rugby knowledge.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Liam Turner rolls his eyes good naturedly and smiles; he knows the question is coming. After all, it’s hard to be inconspicuous having previously worn(...)

Scott Penny celebrates Ireland’s win over France. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It was a phenomenal performance from an outstanding young team that yielded a Six Nations Championship crown, the scalp of the world champions and rei(...)

Charlie Ryan celebrates Ireland under-20s win over France. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ireland Under-20s 31 France Under-20s 29 Ireland were crowned U-20 Six Nations champions for only the second time with a magnificent victory in Cork,(...)

Charlie Ryan, the Ireland U-20 captain. “The first game [against England] the atmosphere was the best I have ever played in. It’s only going to get better for this France game.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 v France Under-20, Musgrave Park (7.15, live on RTÉ 2) France, world champions, Six Nations title holders, conquerors of Wales and S(...)

Ireland Under-20 captain David Hawkshaw taking part in an open training session  against the Ireland senior side at Queen’s University in Belfast. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland captain David Hawkshaw could miss Friday night’s Under-20 Six Nations Championship match against France at Musgrave Park (7.15) after picking (...)

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