Ireland bid to do an Italian job in Scottish final fling

The Webb Ellis Cup at Giant's Causeway
The Webb Ellis Cup at Giant's Causeway

Ireland Under-20s will look to finish their Junior World Championship on a high when they face Scotland on Saturday and secure a seventh place overall finish in Italy.

The Irish narrowly defeated the Scots in the group stages and will need another big performance if they are to achieve a double success.

Coach, Nigel Carolan has made five changes to the side that lost out to Wales in the first of the play-offs.

Ulster’s Zack McCall has recovered from injury and will start in the front row with Conan O’Donnell.

Rory Moloney and Lorcan Dow are named to start in the backrow while Billy Dardis starts at fullback.

Carolan said “We are expecting another tough challenge ahead of us.

“Scotland have proved to be a formidable opponent, however, we are confident that we can finish the tournament on a high note.”

Ireland: Billy Dardis (UCD/Leinster); Stephen Fitzgerald (Shannon/Munster), Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), Sam Arnold (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Jacob Stockdale (QUB/Ulster); . Joey Carbery (UCD/Leinster) , Charlie Rock (Old Belvedere/Leinster); Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster), Zack McCall (QUB/Ulster), Conán O’Donnell (Sligo/NUIG/Connacht), David O’Connor (St.Mary’s/Leinster), Alex Thompson (Queens University/Ulster), Josh Murphy (UCD/Leinster), Rory Moloney (Buccaneers/Connacht), Lorcan Dow (QUB/Ulster).

Replacements: Adam McBurney (Ballymena/Ulster), Liam O’Connor (Cork Constitution /Munster). Oisin Heffernan (Terenure/Leinster), Cian Romaine (Buccaneers/Connacht), Nick Timoney (St. Mary’s/Leinster), Jack Cullen (Shannon/ Munster), Fergal Cleary (Lansdowne/Leinster), Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht)

Meanwhile, the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour moved to the South of Irleand on Saturday morning when the famous trophy arrived in Galway.

Banbridge Rugby Club hosted the final leg of the Ulster leg of the Irish tour on Friday night when large crowds turned up to have their picture taken with the trophy which will be contested in England during September and October.

The trophy began its tour in Ulster at the Giant’s Causeway and made its way to Londonderry and Co Donegal before stopping off in Belfast for two days.