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Max O’Reilly reaches over to score Ireland’s fifth try during the Under-20 Six Nations Championship match against England at Franklin’s Gardens. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

England 21 Ireland 39 A stunning performance, underpinned by six tries, saw Ireland claim a third successive victory in the Under-20 Six Nations Cham(...)

Ethan McIlroy returns to the right wing for Ireland under-20’s   game against England at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday night. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland under-20 head coach Noel McNamara has made four changes to his side for Friday night’s meeting with England at Franklin’s Gardens (7.45pm, Sky(...)

Ireland  outhalf Jack Crowley will be looking for another big performance against Wales in Cork on Friday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland under-20 head coach Noel McNamara has made two changes to his side for Friday night’s game against Wales at Mugrave Park (kick-off 7.15pm, liv(...)

Thomas Clarkson: one of five players who played a part in last year’s Under-20 Grand Slam. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Dublin University tighthead prop Thomas Clarkson is the sole survivor from the starting Ireland team that beat Scotland 24-5 at Netherdale in last sea(...)

Noel McNamara: “The reality is that the gap from the Under 20s, to the Pro14, to the Champions Cup and indeed to senior international honours is getting smaller and smaller.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 coach Noel McNamara understands the folly of determining success and failure at age-grade level simply by results. It is not that t(...)

David McCann: “It’s a great honour to be asked to captain the side.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho  I

New Irish under-20 captain David McCann said it is a huge honour to be asked to lead the side and the promising Ulster backrow said he can’t wait for (...)

Ireland Under-20 player Tom Clarkson. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland have been drawn alongside France, Argentina and Japan in Pool A in the Under-20 World Championship that takes place in Italy next summer. Noe(...)

Ulster team manager Bryn Cunningham: ‘I came in around November 2014 and we had a very strong first XV on paper that year and in subsequent years but there wasn’t the depth below that.’ Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

It is March 2018, the Belfast rape trial is ongoing, when Ulster hosts a meeting with season ticket holders. The room is soaked in vitriol as supporte(...)

Munster’s Ben Healy,  last year’s Ireland U-20s outhalf, in action in the Guinness PRO14 against Edinburgh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Securing a regular high-level playing outlet for the premier young talent in Irish rugby remains a conundrum for the IRFU. There are a finite number (...)

Ireland’s Ryan Baird celebrates his try with Charlie Ryan and Josh Wycherley in their defeat to New Zealand in the World Rugby U20 Championship. Photograph: Pablo Gasparini/Inpho

Ireland U-20 17 New Zealand U-20 40 A remarkable season concluded with a typically robust and obdurate performance in the final match of the Under-20(...)

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