# Ireland U20

21st March 2023
# The Possibilities
The future of rugby bursting with potential after Ireland U20's back-to-back Grand Slam glory
Richie Murphy’s side is packed with talent that could make the breakthrough with the Ireland senior team.
This week
19th March 2023 - 22nd March 2023
# Green shoots
'Lads were singing in the room' - Ireland U20s drew inspiration from senior Grand Slam success
This was an incredible weekend for Irish rugby.
This month
March 2023
# Devour
Ireland close in on U20 Grand Slam defence after 75-point demolition of Scotland
Richie Murphy’s side finished with 12 tries in a one-sided display of ruthless power.
# The Starters
Three changes included in Ireland U20 side to face Scotland
Andrew Osborne, brother of Ireland senior international Jamie, comes in to make his debut.
Last month
February 2023
# Thriller
Heroic Prendergast kicks Ireland to epic win over France as U20 Six Nations defence rolls on
The sides squared off at Musgrave Park this evening.
Last year
# U20s
'Sam decided he wanted it' - Murphy lauds Prendergast's winning kick
The Ireland U20s out-half kicked a long-range penalty to help his side past England.
All time
# Report
Ireland U20s overturn half-time deficit to beat Munster Development XV
Richie Murphy’s side came from behind thanks to second-half Fionn Gibbons and Lorcan McLoughlin tries.
# Kicking On
Richie Murphy appointed Ireland U20 head coach
He succeeds Kieran Campbell but will also remain involved with Andy Farrell’s senior set-up.
# new chapter
Ireland U20 Head Coach to depart role at end of the season
The IRFU has announced that Kieran Campbell is set to ‘take up a new challenge.’
# Prospect
Connacht's 21-year-old scrum-half Colm Reilly impresses in Italy
Head coach Andy Friend is pleased to see some young players coming through.
# Cover
Leinster sub-academy scrum-half Murphy set to join Munster on a short-term basis
With Conor Murray away and Neil Cronin injured, the 19-year-old adds another option at nine.
# Prospects
Ireland U20 internationals Ward and Booth among Connacht's academy intake
The western province have brought eight new players on board.
# Snapped Up
Ireland U20 centre Kelly signs with Leicester Tigers
The 18-year-old has played in a powerful Ireland U20 midfield alongside Hayden Hyde this year.
# hotshot
The emerging stars of the 2019/20 season: Niall Murray
The 20-year-old second row has featured for Connacht in the Pro14 and Champions Cup.
# Irish Abroad
'I've seen plenty of guys being spat out of the game because of that'
Former Ulster and Ireland U20s hooker Niall Annett is now well settled with Worcester Warriors.
# raw talent
U20 centre Dan Kelly well-equipped for whirlwind rise
The 18-year-old had pedigree in football, golf and rugby league before joining Noel McNamara’s squad for the Six Nations.
# young fresh and new
Another title within reach for McNamara's magnificent U20s
Triple Crown last night, Ireland U20s can add the Championship and Grand Slam if they sustain their winning run.
# 6 Nations
Exhilarating Ireland U20s tear into England for bonus point win
Noel McNamara’s were in sublime form as they scored six tries in Northampton.
# friday night rugby
Speedster Smith and Ireland U20 ready to move through the gears against Wales
After scoring six tries on opening night, Ireland are keen to deliver a sustained threat through the 80 minutes.
AIL influence serves Ireland U20s well as McNamara looks for more
“Without it, the 20s would be in serious strife”
# Irish Abroad
'I'd look at Tadhg Beirne and think, 'There's someone I'd love to replicate''
Former Munster scrum-half John Poland is now with the New England Free Jacks in the US.
# Room to improve
McNamara eyes areas Crowley can 'tighten up' after show-stopping try
The out-half’s try was a ‘killer’ for Scotland on the stroke of half-time.
# Teenage Kicks
Ulsterman McCann ready to lead Ireland U20 with a little help from his friends
The 19-year-old carries experience of last year’s Grand Slam and World Cup campaign in among a new crop of talent.
# 2020 20s
Ulster's McCann named captain as McNamara unveils 37-strong Ireland U20 squad
Leinster prop Tom Clarkson will be vice-captain and one of seven men who helped seal a Grand Slam last year.
# Green shoots
Brilliant and bloody-minded U20s deliver wealth of promise
Noel McNamara’s men were more than boys of summer.
# U20 World Cup
Early black-out proves costly as Ireland U20 fall to New Zealand
Ryan Baird’s try was the stand-out moment as Ireland had to battle from 26 down against New Zealand.
England U20 centre given six-week ban for biting Ireland's Dylan Tierney-Martin
Meanwhile, New Zealand will be without one hard-hitting back row for Saturday’s clash with Ireland.
# Never Say Die
Immense Ireland U20 comeback effort falls just short against England
New Zealand await Ireland after a last-gasp try swung the match England’s way.
# U20 World Cup
Ireland U20s patched up and pushing for semi-final place
A big bonus point win over Italy would keep semi-final hopes alive, but the Azzurrini will not be easily swatted aside.
# U20 World Cup
Hodnett and Moore fly home as Baird gets back in much-changed Ireland U20 side to face Italy
Liam Turner captains a depleted Ireland side as they aim to give themselves a chance at reaching the World Cup semi-finals.
# cleared
Boost for Ireland as Baird free to face Italy in U20 World Championship showdown
The Leinster second row appeared before a disciplinary committee yesterday after seeing red for a high tackle.
Ireland v Australia, World Rugby U20 Championship
We’re going minute-by-minute as Ireland aim to build on their brilliant opening day win over England.
# U20 World Cup
Impressive Australia offer Ireland U20 another chance to flex
Both sides have retained most of their starters after excellent wins on day one.
# injury toll
Sean French ruled out of rest of U20 World Cup as Ireland hold firm for Australia clash
Fullback Iwan Hughes will also head for home as Leinster duo Max O’Reilly and Aaron O’Sullivan are called to Argentina.
# Young Guns
Flying Fijians, excellent England and the best tries from the U20 World Cup
There were no shortage of tries to pick from in the opening round of the U20 Championship.
# adapt to survive
Hodnett shines as Ireland U20 again show off invaluable flexibility
Noel McNamara’s men continually find a way to tilt ties in their direction.
# Up and Running
Ireland hit England for six to grab sensational victory in U20 World Cup opener
David McCann, Jake Flannery, Stewart Moore, Ben Healy and John Hodnett all crossed as Ireland secured another impressive win over England.
# U20 World Cup
Louth native McDonald helps Australia U20s to thumping win over Italy
The Western Australia scrum-half will face the country of his birth next up on Saturday.
# boys of summer
'Eight as one': Ireland pack braced for U20 World Cup opener against England
Noel McNamara’s men have left the Grand Slam behind them as they travelled to Argentina.
# And The Team Is...
Academy trio set for Ireland U20 debuts in World Championship opener against England
Noel McNamara’s side will play their first Pool B game on Tuesday.