U20 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Ireland make five changes to face Wales

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale tackled by Blake Gibson of New Zealand
Ireland's Jacob Stockdale tackled by Blake Gibson of New Zealand

The Ireland Under-20 team (sponsored by PwC) to play Wales in Monday’s 5th-8th place play-off at the World Rugby Under-20 World Championship has been named.

There are five changes to the side that lost 25-3 to Pool C winners New Zealand in their last outing of the tournament in Italy.

Ciaran Gaffney makes a return to the starting line-up at full back, with Stephen Fitzgerald back on the right wing and Jacob Stockdale completing the back-three.

Old Belvedere’s Charlie Rock will make his first start for Ireland at Under-20 level, replacing injured captain Nick McCarthy at scrum half.

Up front, Conor Oliver, a try scorer against Scotland, slots back in at openside flanker and Nick Timoney also gets the nod at number 8. In the absence of McCarthy, blindside flanker Josh Murphy will captain the team.

IRELAND: Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht); Stephen Fitzgerald (Shannon/Munster), Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster), Sam Arnold (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Jacob Stockdale (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster); Joey Carbery (UCD/Leinster), Charlie Rock (Old Belvedere/Leinster); Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster), Sean McNulty (UCD/Leinster), Oisin Heffernan (Terenure College/Leinster), David O’Connor (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Alex Thompson (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster), Josh Murphy (UCD/Leinster) (capt), Conor Oliver (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Nick Timoney (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)

Replacements: Adam McBurney (Ballymena/Ulster), Liam O’Connor (Cork Constitution/Munster), Conan O’Donnell (Sligo/NUIG/Connacht), Lorcan Dow (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster), Rory Moloney (Buccaneers/Connacht), Tomás Quinlan (Cork Constitution/Munster), Fergal Cleary (Lansdowne/Leinster), Jack Owens (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster)