Noel Mcnamara

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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 (...)

 Ireland’s Liam Turner is tackled by Edoardo Mastandrea of Italy. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Italy

Italy Under-20 14 Ireland U-20 34 Ireland maintained their winning run in this season’s Under-20 Six Nations with a four try, bonus point victory in (...)

Dylan Tierney-Martin of Ireland under-20. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Italy under-20 v Ireland under-20, Rieti (6pm Irish time; live on Irish Rugby You Tube channel) Victories over England and Scotland see Noel McNamara(...)

Billy Scannell is in the Ireland Under-20 squad travelling to Italy this weekend. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland coach Noel McNamara has made two changes to the starting side that beat Scotland 24-5 in Netherdale last time out for Friday night’s Under-20 (...)

Cormac Foley scoring a try against England in the Under-20 Six Nations Championship match at Donnybrook. The St Mary’s scrumhalf will start against Scotland in place of the injured Craig Casey. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland coach Noel McNamara has made one change to the starting team from the side that beat England for Friday night’s Under-20 Six Nations Champions(...)

Ireland’s Conor Phillips and Cadan Murley of England challenge for the ball during the Under-20 Six Nations match at Musgrave Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland Under-20 35 England Under-20 27 Ireland defied the odds and at times themselves to produce a stunning performance in victory over England at (...)

Leinster flanker Scott Penny will make his Ireland Under-20 debut against England in Cork on Friday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Scott Penny, who made his Leinster senior debut earlier in the season, has been selected at flanker for Ireland’s opening match in the Under-20 Six Na(...)

Noel McNamara: “Taking on that challenge  was exciting. For me it was about trying to create a culture around our defence. I certainly got a buy-in [from the players].  Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Inpho

Noel McNamara has managed to shoehorn a massive workload into the past 12 months. It began from the moment he took over as head coach of the Ireland (...)

  Geordan Murphy   has been appointed interim head coach of Leicester Tigers following the departure of director of rugby Matt O’Connor. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Dean Richards once dubbed Geordan Murphy the “George Best” of rugby. It is Richards who arrives to Welford Road this weekend with Newcastle Falcons to(...)

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