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Mick Ruddock shuffles deck for Under 20s France clash

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 16:05 | Comments

Mike Ruddock said Ireland's 18-0 win over Italy had gotten them back on track
Mike Ruddock said Ireland's 18-0 win over Italy had gotten them back on track

Ireland U20 coach Mike Ruddock has made three personnel and once positional change to the team to face France in the Stade Maurice Trelut on Friday night.

The UCD half-back combination of Nick McCarthy and Ross Byrne are replaced by Jack Cullen from Bruff and Lansdowne's Conor McKeon, respectively.

Cian Kelleher switches from the wing to full-back with David Busby taking a place among the replacements and Alex Wootton coming into the side on the wing.

 Sean O'Brien continues as captain and is again partnered by Ross Molony in the second row.  A win for Ireland U20 will secure a top half finish and deny the French the grand slam.

"The result against Italy got us back on track and this weekend we face a strong French outfit that are going for the Grand Slam,” said Ruddock. “We have brought in a couple of new faces and there is an opportunity for these players to show what they can deliver against quality opposition.”

IRELAND Under-20s: 15 C Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster); 14 A Wootton (Garryowen/Munster), 13 D Goggin (Young Munster/Munster), 12 P Robb (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster), 11 A Byrne (UCD/Leinster); 10 C McKeon (Lansdowne/Leinster), 9 J Cullen (Bruff/Leinster); 1 P Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster), 2 M Abbott (Cork Constitution/Munster), 3 R Burke (Cork Constitution/Munster); 4 S O'Brien (Galwegians/Connacht, Capt), 5 R Molony (UCD/Leinster), 6 P Timmins (UCD/Leinster), 7 R Moloney (Buccaneers/Connacht), 8 J O'Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster).

Replacements: 16 S McNulty (UCD/Munster), 17 D Coulson (Lansdowne/Leinster), 18 O Heffernan (Lansdowne/Leinster), 19 S Gardiner (Lansdowne/Leinster), 20 F Taggart (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), 21 N McCarthy (UCD/Leinster), 22 R Byrne (UCD/Leinster), 23 D Busby (QUB/Ulster).

Live television coverage of the U20 Six Nations meeting of Ireland v France from 19:35 on Friday 14 March on RTÉ Two and RTE.ie (Ireland only).

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