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Three changes for Ireland Under-20s to face England

Updated: Friday, 21 Feb 2014 15:33 | Comments

Adam Byrne of UCD and Leinster replaces Ian Fitzpatrick on the wing
Adam Byrne of UCD and Leinster replaces Ian Fitzpatrick on the wing

Ireland Under-20s coach Mike Ruddock has made three changes to the side that were beaten by Wales to face England on Saturday (6.15pm).

Centre Dan Goggin is promoted from the bench and replaces Garry Ringrose, while Adam Byrne comes in for Ian Fitzpatrick on the wing for the Franklin's Gardens encounter.

Injury has forced the withdrawal of No 8 Jack O'Donohoe with Frankie Taggart starting in his place.

Michael Trigg comes onto the bench to provide back-row cover.

The only other change to the match-day 23 sees Harrison Brewer, son of 32-cap former New Zealand player Mike, come into the replacements as back cover.

Ruddock said: "There were some harsh lessons learned last time out against the Welsh and the team will have to dig deep and find a quality performance this weekend to get a result against a strong English team.

“There is plenty of character and experience within this squad and that should stand to them come Saturday.”

Ireland Under-20s: David Busby, Cian Kelleher, Dan Goggin, Peter Robb, Adam Byrne, Ross Byrne, Nick McCarthy; Frankie Taggart, Dan Leavy (capt), Peadar Timmins, Ross Molony, Sean O'Brien, Rory Burke, Max Abbott, Peter Dooley.

Replacements: Sean McNulty, Denis Coulson, Oisin Heffernan, Joe Joyce, Michael Trigg, Jack Cullen, Conor McKeon, Harrison Brewer.

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