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Just one enforced change as Ireland U20 set sights on New Zealand

Injury to Conor Kenny has handed an opportunity to Ben Betts and James Bollard.

Betts, left, is the only change to the starting XV.
Betts, left, is the only change to the starting XV.
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IRELAND U20 HEAD coach Nigel Carolan has made minimal changes to the side which defeated Wales in their World Rugby U20 Championship opener.

Tighthead prop Ben Betts starts having played most of Tuesday’s match as a replacement for the injured Conor Kenny, whose tournament was ended by a shoulder injury.

Trinity’s James Bollard comes into the 23 as a replacement, alongside Vakh Abdaladze who will hope to be called upon this time around so that he can win his first cap at this level.

The rest of the side is unchanged, with Munster out-half Bill Johnston aiming to build on his impressive debut at this level with the same combination of backs outside him.

The imperious captain James Ryan leads the side from the second row with a pack that will be battle hardened before coming into contact with the Baby Blacks.

Ireland U20 (v New Zealand. 13.30, TG4 / Sky Sports)

15. Jacob Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins / Ulster)
14. Matthew Byrne (Terenure / Leinster)
13. Shane Daly (Cork Con / Munster)
12. Conor O’Brien (Clontarf / Leinster)
11. Hugo Keenan (UCD / Leinster)
10. Bill Johnston (Garryowen / Munster)
9. Stephen Kerins (Sligo / Connacht)

1. Andrew Porter (UCD / Leinster)
2. Adam McBurney (Ballymena / Ulster)
3. Ben Betts (Young Munster / Munster)
4. Cillian Gallagher (Sligo / Connacht)
5. James Ryan (Lansdowne / Leinster) Captain
6. Greg Jones (UCD / Leinster)
7. David Aspil (St. Mary’s RFC / Leinster)
8. Max Deegan (Lansdowne / Leinster)

Replacements:

16. Vincent O’Brien (Cork Con / Munster)
17. James Bollard (Dublin University / Leinster
18. Vakh Abdaladze (Clontarf / Leinster)*
19. Sean O’Connor (Cashel / Munster)
20. Kelvin Brown (Shannon / Munster)
21. Niall Saunders (Epsom College / Exile)
22. Johnny McPhillips (Queens University / Ulster)
23. Jimmy O’Brien (UCD / Leinster)
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