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Darragh Leader and Rory Scannell to start for Ireland Under-20s

Updated: Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 12:15 | Comments

Darragh Leader makes his first start for Ireland in this year's Under-20 Six Nations
Darragh Leader makes his first start for Ireland in this year's Under-20 Six Nations

Ireland Under-20 head coach Mike Ruddock has rung the changes for his side’s RBS 6 Nations Championship clash with Scotland on Friday in Netherdale.

Darragh Leader comes into the side at full back for his first appearance of the tournament having recovered from a hand injury he packed up earlier in the year.

Rory Scannell has been named at centre with Steve Crosbie is named in the outhalf position having recovered from a hamstring injury he picked up playing against Wales in the opening game of the championship.

Josh Van Der Flier has been promoted from the bench to be named at flanker and Ryan Murphy moves to number eight.

Jerry Sexton, Eoghan Masterson and Mark Roche have been named among the replacements.

Speaking of the task ahead, Ruddock said: “We are pleased to have banked a win against England but that’s behind us now as we attempt to defeat a much improved Scotland side under Sean Lineean.”

“The Scottish side are very well coached and on their own patch they will be a very difficult hurdle to overcome.”

Ireland Under-20 team to play Scotland: Darragh Leader, David Panter, Tom Daly, Rory Scannell, Rory Scholes, Steve Crosbie, Luke McGrath, Peter Dooley, George McGuigan, Chris Taylor, Gavin Thornbury, John Donnan, Peadar Timmins, Josh Van Der Flier, Ryan Murphy (Dolphin/Munster)

Replacements: John Andrew, Ryan Furness, Adam Boland, Jerry Sexton, Eoghan Masterson, John Creighton, Mark Roche, Darren Sweetnam

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