Ireland make three changes for semi tie with England

Ireland's Frank Taggart
Ireland's Frank Taggart

Ulster’s Frank Taggart is one of three changes to the Ireland Under-20 team which plays England in the IRB Junior World Championship on Sunday in Auckland.

Taggart is restored to the backrow alongside Peadar Timmins in place of Rory Moloney and Josh Murphy.

The other change is at scrumhalf with Ryan Foley dropping back to the bench for Nick McCarthy.

Head coach, Mike Ruddock, said: “England, the current World champions, are our next opponents and it doesn’t get any bigger than that. They will be confident after beating us in the Six Nations, but we have improved since then. Nothing less than our ‘A game’ will do.”

Meanwhile, the Irish squad took time out from their match preparations to participate in the Junior World Championship legacy programme, with a visit to the local Three Kings Primary School.

Sunday’s semi-final showdown will be broadcast live Sky Sports 2 and TG4 (kick-off 6.05am Irish time)


15. Cian Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster)

14. Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht)

13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)

12. Dan Goggin (Young Munster/Munster)

11. Alex Wootton (Garryowen/Munster)

10. Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster)

9. Nick McCarthy (UCD/Leinster)

1. Peter Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster)

2. Max Abbott (Cork Constitution/Munster)

3. Rory Burke (Cork Constitution/Munster)

4. Stephen Gardiner (Lansdowne/Leinster)

5. Ross Molony (UCD/Leinster)

6. Peadar Timmins (UCD/Leinster)

7. Frankie Taggart (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)

8. Jack O’Donoghue (UL Bohemians/Munster) (capt)


16. Dylan Donnellan (UCD/Leinster)

17. Denis Coulson (Lansdowne/Leinster)

18. Oisin Heffernan (Lansdowne/Leinster)

19. Darragh Moloney (Cork Constitution/Munster)

20. Rory Moloney (Buccaneers/Connacht)

21. Ryan Foley (Cork Constitution/Munster)

22. Conor McKeon (Lansdowne/Leinster)

23. Harrison Brewer (Terenure College/Leinster)