Nigel Carolan

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Ireland U20 fullback Jacob Stockdale scores the first try of the World Rugby U20 Championship semi-final against Argentina at Manchester City Academy Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland 37 Argentina 7 The weekend might not have yielded much success for Irish sportsmen on many fronts but the Monday blues were buried by a team (...)

Ireland Under-20 captain returns to the secondrow for Monday’s  World Rugby Under-20 Championships semi-final against Argentina in Manchester. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland under-20 coach Nigel Carolan has made 12 changes to his starting line-up for the World Rugby Under-20 Championships semi-final against Argenti(...)

Terry Kennedy, son of former Ireland wing Terry. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On February 2nd, 1991, Rob Saunders, made his debut for Ireland, the first of 12 tests, captaining the team against France in a Five Nations Champions(...)

Ireland celebrate their victory over New Zealand during the Under 20’s Rugby Union World Cup match at the City Academy Stadium, Manchester. Photograph: PA

15 Jacob Stockdale Position: Fullback/Centre/Wing Age: 20 Club: Belfast Harlequins A member of this team last year’s team, this season he has(...)

 Bill Johnston has been ruled out of the rest of the Under-20 world championships after dislocating his shoulder in the famous win over New Zealand on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

Ireland’s hopes of building on their epic wins over world champions New Zealand and Six Nations grand slam winners Wales have suffered a big set-back (...)

Ireland’s Max Deegan goes over for Ireland’s third try in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship game at Manchester City Academy Stadium. Photograph: Dave Howarth/Inpho/Camerasport

Ireland 33 New Zealand 24 Coach Nigel Carolan said that the ability of his young men to adapt and think on their feet was a key factor in fashioning (...)

Ireland flanker Greg Jones: “We are just going to have to believe in ourselves and think we can win it. As a group we have that belief.” Photograph: Camerasport/Dave Howarth/Inpho

Ireland flanker Greg Jones knows they will be in difficulty today if they give New Zealand the sort of headstart which Wales enjoyed in the opening g(...)

Ireland fullback  Jacob Stockdale touches down for a try  in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship at  Manchester City Academy Stadium. Photograph: Dave Howarth/Inpho/Camerasport/

Ireland 26 Wales 25 Well, this was some way to start the summer rugby programme as Ireland came from 17-0 down after just 20 minutes to somehow carve(...)

Ireland coach Nigel Carolan takes training ahead of his side’s opening Pool A match against Wales. Photo: Inpho

If the Ireland Under-20 players didn’t appreciate that things had stepped up a notch or two after arriving in Manchester on Thursday for the World Un(...)

Connacht’s Niyi Adeolokun evades Darren Sweetnam to score his side’s third try against Munster at the Sportsground earlier this season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

He’s a great story. Not many Nigerians end up playing rugby – period – least of all professionally in Ireland, or in Connacht for that matter. It’s be(...)

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