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Cian Kelleher comes in for Ireland U20s against Wales

Updated: Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 19:04 | Comments

Lansdowne's Cian Kelleher replaces Adam Byrne on the wing
Lansdowne's Cian Kelleher replaces Adam Byrne on the wing

Ireland Under-20s coach Mike Ruddock has made just one change to the side that beat Scotland for Friday's clash with Wales in Athlone (7.35pm).

Lansdowne’s Cian Kelleher replaces Adam Byrne on the wing.

No 8 Jack O'Donoghue has recovered from the knock he took late in the opening fixture to take his place in the backrow.

O'Donoghue, who scored twice against the Scots, will reprise his backrow partnership with fellow try scorer Peadar Timmins and captain Dan Leavy.

Team vice-captain Ross Byrne kicked 14 points with the boot and retains the number 10 jersey and will again be partnered at half-back by the impressive Nick McCarthy.

There are three further changes on the bench with Sean McNulty replacing Jacob Walshe, Denis Coulson replacing Shane Delahunt and Frankie Taggart in place of Rory Moloney.

Head coach Ruddock said: “We got off to a good start in difficult conditions against the Scots but Welsh will provide a much sterner test.

“An unchanged side gives us some consistency and will allow combinations to develop across the field. We have some fresh faces on the bench which will be hoping to make an impact on the game at some stage.”

Ireland: David Busby, Cian Kelleher, Garry Ringrose, Peter Robb, Ian Fitzpatrick, Ross Byrne, Nick McCarthy; Jack O'Donoghue, Dan Leavy (c), Peadar Timmins, Ross Molony, Sean O'Brien, Rory Burke, Max Abbott, Peter Dooley.

Replacements: Sean McNulty, Denis Coulson, Oisin Heffernan, Joe Joyce, Frankie Taggart, Jack Cullen, Conor McKeon, Dan Goggin. 

Wales: Afon Bagshaw,  Ashton Hewitt, Steffan Hughes (c), Garyn Smith, Joshua Adams, Ethan Davies, Tom Williams; Nicky Smith, Ethan Lewis, Nicky Thomas, Scott Andrews, James Sheekey, Will Boyde, James Benjamin, Ben Roach.

Replacements: Scott Otten, Luke Garrett, Callum Lewis, Rory Thornton, Ollie Griffiths, Connor Lloyd, Luke Price, Tyler Morgan.

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