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#Noel McNamara

# noel-mcnamara - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Grand Slam dream denied but Ireland U20 stars have bright futures

Many of Noel McNamara’s young squad are already making progress with their provinces.

# noel-mcnamara - Saturday 14 March, 2020

A visit to Willie Mullins' yard among lessons lapped up by Noel McNamara

The U20 head coach picked up a personal gong this week, but is quick to deflect praise towards a team who could have easily been celebrating under different circumstances this weekend.

# noel-mcnamara - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Ireland U20 flanker Hernan ready to mix it with the big boys in Cork camp

The open training sessions rarely pass without a marker being laid on one side or the other.

# noel-mcnamara - Wednesday 5 February, 2020

McNamara makes two changes to Ireland team for Friday's clash against Wales

Ireland are aiming to build on last Friday’s 38-26 success over Scotland.

# noel-mcnamara - Monday 3 February, 2020

AIL influence serves Ireland U20s well as McNamara looks for more

“Without it, the 20s would be in serious strife”

# noel-mcnamara - Saturday 1 February, 2020

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.

# noel-mcnamara - Tuesday 21 January, 2020

McNamara driving zero-talent traits to leave 'no ceiling' on latest Ireland U20 crop

Only seven players remain from last year’s crop, but hard work will underpin their ‘defence’ of the Six Nations title.

# noel-mcnamara - Tuesday 14 January, 2020

Ireland U20s drawn with back-to-back winners France in World Championship

Noel McNamara’s latest crop of promising young players will also face Argentina and Japan.

# noel-mcnamara - Friday 27 December, 2019

Ireland U20 side named for clash with Munster as they build up to Six Nations

The challenge match takes place on Sunday in Cork.

# noel-mcnamara - Tuesday 9 July, 2019

Ireland U20 head coach McNamara named as new Leinster academy manager

McNamara takes over from Peter Smyth.

# noel-mcnamara - Friday 21 June, 2019

Flannery starts at out-half as McNamara names Ireland team for New Zealand

The U20 World Championship concludes tomorrow.

# noel-mcnamara - Monday 17 June, 2019

Patched-up Ireland bid to complete double over familiar foes England

Noel McNamara’s side contest the fifth-place playoff semi-final at the U20 World Championship tonight.

# noel-mcnamara - Friday 14 June, 2019

Ireland lose two more players for remainder of U20 World Championship

Ciaran Booth and David McCann are the latest casualties of a gruelling campaign for Noel McNamara’s side.

# noel-mcnamara - Monday 10 June, 2019

Ireland's U20 World Championship semi-final hopes hang by a thread

Noel McNamara was ‘proud’ of his team’s effort against Australia, but defeat leaves them with a lot of work to do.

# noel-mcnamara - Wednesday 5 June, 2019

Ireland head coach sees room for improvement as focus shifts to 'physical' Australia

Noel McNamara’s side made a positive start to the World Rugby U20 Championship by seeing off England.

# noel-mcnamara - Thursday 16 May, 2019

McNamara hails club gems as he backs Ireland U20 to adapt in Argentina

The Grand Slam-winning coach hopes to see another Tullow Tank make his mark in this year’s World Rugby U20 World Championship.

# noel-mcnamara - Wednesday 15 May, 2019

Key men absent as Grand Slam winners Ireland unveil squad for U20 World Championship

Head coach Noel McNamara will trim this group to 28 men for a testing campaign in Argentina.

# noel-mcnamara - Friday 15 March, 2019

'There was never a second in that game they didn’t believe they were going to win'

Noel McNamara heaped praise on the character shown by his players as they came from behind to complete a Grand Slam triumph.

As it happened: Wales U20 v Ireland U20, Grand Slam decider

Noel McNamara’s men went to Wales with the title already in the bag. We followed their bid to complete the clean sweep.

'I take as much joy out of coaching the U13s as I do in coaching these boys'

Noel McNamara has risen through the ranks of school and underage coaching to guide Ireland U20s to a Six Nations title.

'One more time' for Ireland as McNamara's U20s bid for Grand Slam glory

Victory over Wales at Colwyn Bay this evening would see the class of 2019 emulate the feat of the 2007 team.

# noel-mcnamara - Monday 11 March, 2019

Superb Ireland U20 tackles stifle Joseph before French star shows fair play

The 18-year-old France number eight was clearly targeted by Noel McNamara’s charges.

# noel-mcnamara - Thursday 28 February, 2019

McNamara's Ireland handed tough draw for U20 World Championship

England, Australia and Italy await in this summer’s tournament.

# noel-mcnamara - Monday 11 February, 2019

'It's exciting working with these players - the sky's the limit for them'

Noel McNamara’s Ireland U20s are two from two in the Six Nations.

# noel-mcnamara - Friday 8 February, 2019

Ireland U20s impress in Scotland to make it two from two in the Six Nations

Outside centre Liam Turner was man of the match in a three-try win over Scotland.

'He wouldn't be the loudest': Leinster's Penny does his talking on the pitch

The flanker led Ireland’s defensive effort against England and will be hoping for more of the same against Scotland tonight.

# noel-mcnamara - Monday 4 February, 2019

'It's about finding a way. They found a way': U20 pack show their teeth to beat England

Noel McNamara’s pack worked brilliantly to lay a platform for the win over England.

# noel-mcnamara - Saturday 2 February, 2019

U20 boss McNamara unfazed and unsurprised by superb win over England

The head coach paid credit to his side’s mental toughness as they twice faced 11-point deficits in the first half.

# noel-mcnamara - Wednesday 30 January, 2019

Exciting teenage flanker Penny gets the nod for Ireland U20 Six Nations opener

Noel McNamara’s side welcome England to Irish Independent Park in Cork this Friday.

# noel-mcnamara - Saturday 19 January, 2019

McNamara excited by addition of Saracens centre to Ireland U20 ranks

Oliver Morris has come through the IRFU’s IQ Rugby programme.

# noel-mcnamara - Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Ireland U20 coach McNamara heads to New Zealand on three-month placement

The Clare native will work under Blues-bound Tom Coventry at North Harbour.

# noel-mcnamara - Saturday 16 June, 2018

Ireland make six changes in bid to avoid U20 World Cup relegation

‘This isn’t a position we imagined we’d be in,’ head coach Noel McNamara says.

# noel-mcnamara - Monday 11 June, 2018

Several changes from McNamara as Ireland U20s look to bounce back from Georgia defeat

Ireland take on Scotland in Perpignan tomorrow afternoon.

# noel-mcnamara - Saturday 2 June, 2018

McNamara names five changes as Ireland U20s look to overcome Junior Springboks

Ireland take on South Africa tomorrow looking to get their World Rugby U20 Championship up and running.

# noel-mcnamara - Tuesday 29 May, 2018

Young Munster's Hurley among three new caps for Ireland in U20 championship opener

Harry Byrne will steer the team from out-half against France.

# noel-mcnamara - Wednesday 23 May, 2018

Tierney no longer involved in U20s set-up as O'Connell remains in assistant coach role

The former Ireland women’s head coach won’t travel with the squad to France next week.

# noel-mcnamara - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

'Jack has taken his opportunity. He has been a huge bonus for us'

Munster and UCC number eight Jack O’Sullivan has been outstanding for the Ireland U20s.

# noel-mcnamara - Wednesday 7 March, 2018

Ireland U20s make 7 changes ahead of Scotland clash

Noel McNamara’s side have also made one positional switch.

# noel-mcnamara - Thursday 22 February, 2018

Highly-rated Hume set for U20s debut as captain O'Brien moves to wing

Hooker Ronan Kelleher and scrum-half Jonny Stewart have returned to the starting XV.

# noel-mcnamara - Tuesday 6 February, 2018

'It’s a learning experience and the challenge now is to get things right this week'

It’s a big week for the Ireland U20s as they look to get their Six Nations campaign back on track.

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