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# u20-rugby - Friday 10 April, 2020

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.

# u20-rugby - Friday 20 March, 2020

World Rugby cancel U20 World Cup, considering alternative to 7s Olympic qualifier

The uncertainty surrounding the Olympic Games means that the June repechage tournament for 7s rugby remains under review.

# u20-rugby - 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.

# u20-rugby - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

U20 title charge left in limbo as Ireland await call on France fixture

Noel McNamara’s men have every right to expect their match to be called off, but can’t afford to stop preparing to face France.

# u20-rugby - Saturday 7 March, 2020

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.

# u20-rugby - Friday 21 February, 2020

Exhilarating Ireland U20s tear into England for bonus point win

Noel McNamara’s were in sublime form as they scored six tries in Northampton.

# u20-rugby - Thursday 20 February, 2020

U20s working to create their own momentum on tough away trip

After feeling the full benefit of home support against Scotland and Wales, the Grand Slam winners will put their streak on the line in England.

# u20-rugby - Saturday 15 February, 2020

'Very driven, very focused. He’ll go a long way': U20 star Crowley earning extra attention

The Ireland U20 out-half has mental steel as a foundation for his impressive skills.

# u20-rugby - 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.

# u20-rugby - Monday 10 February, 2020

Ireland U20s won't be overawed ahead of clash with seniors and England

Noel McNamara is keen to prep his side to play without the benefit of a supportive home crowd.

# u20-rugby - Friday 7 February, 2020

Barnstorming Stewart pushes Ireland to bonus point-win over Wales

Openside Mark Hernan scored early and late in the first-half to keep Ireland well clear of the Welsh threat.

# u20-rugby - Thursday 6 February, 2020

50 passes a night put Finlay on the U20 fast track

The Ulster academy 9 took his lead from Aaron Smith after a relatively late start to his rugby path.

# u20-rugby - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

U20s braced for 'seismic physical battle' against wounded Welsh

Ireland U20 assistant coach Kieran Campbell is bracing his squad for a Welsh backlash.

# u20-rugby - Monday 3 February, 2020

AIL influence serves Ireland U20s well as McNamara looks for more

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

# u20-rugby - 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.

# u20-rugby - Friday 31 January, 2020

Sensational Crowley try helps Ireland to winning start in U20 Six Nations

Both sides earned bonus points, but the Cork Con playmaker ensured the defending champions were a cut above.

# u20-rugby - Thursday 30 January, 2020

Cork Con's Crowley starts at 10 as Ireland U20s begin Grand Slam defence

Noel McNamara has picked five of last year’s crop to start this year’s Six Nations, all in the pack.

# u20-rugby - Saturday 25 January, 2020

U20 lock Ahern grateful for Holland influence aiding his rapid rise

The vastly experienced Munster lock is an invaluable source of information for the Waterford man.

# u20-rugby - Friday 24 January, 2020

From Exile to Ireland U20: McNulty another example of IQ recruitment value

Born and raised in Bath, the exciting Connacht back is set to aid Ireland in the U20 Six Nations

# u20-rugby - Wednesday 22 January, 2020

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.

# u20-rugby - Sunday 23 June, 2019

Brilliant and bloody-minded U20s deliver wealth of promise

Noel McNamara’s men were more than boys of summer.

# u20-rugby - Saturday 22 June, 2019

France secure back-to-back U20 World Cups after tight tussle with Wallabies Royal Bleus This post contains videos

France secure back-to-back U20 World Cups after tight tussle with Wallabies

Louis Carbonel held his nerve to settle an exciting final.

Early black-out proves costly as Ireland U20 fall to New Zealand U20 World Cup This post contains videos

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.

As it happened: Ireland v New Zealand, World Rugby U20 Championship

The U20 World Cup can’t end without sorting out the 7th-place play-off and we’re going minute-by-minute.

# u20-rugby - Thursday 20 June, 2019

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.

# u20-rugby - Monday 17 June, 2019

Immense Ireland U20 comeback effort falls just short against England Never Say Die This post contains videos

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-rugby - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

As it happened: Ireland v Italy, World Rugby U20 Championship

We went minute-by-minute as Ireland aimed to close out their pool campaign with a win.

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-rugby - Saturday 8 June, 2019

England U20 made to sweat before sealing nervy win over Italy

Italy twice fought their way to a nine-point lead.

As it happened: 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-rugby - Friday 7 June, 2019

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.

# u20-rugby - Thursday 6 June, 2019

Flying Fijians, excellent England and the best tries from the U20 World Cup Young Guns This post contains videos

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.

# u20-rugby - Tuesday 4 June, 2019

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-rugby - Friday 31 May, 2019

Early starts, dark arts and McNamara's long winter: Ireland U20s ready for England

Victory over England was the first giant step towards the U20 Grand Slam, but momentum will have to be built all over again.

# u20-rugby - Friday 15 March, 2019

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.

# u20-rugby - Saturday 9 March, 2019

McNamara hails inner calm and outward character of champion U20s with focus trained on Grand Slam

‘There are very few people in the history of Irish rugby who have managed to win a Grand Slam.’

# u20-rugby - Wednesday 6 March, 2019

Towering Ryan relishing the 'dirty work' against France

The lock is proving to be an expert line-out caller for Noel McNamara’s side.

# u20-rugby - Sunday 3 March, 2019

Ex-Roscommon minor Murray intent on delivering major prize for Ireland U20

‘We know we’re not the biggest team, but we’re a smart team.’

# u20-rugby - Friday 1 February, 2019

'We’re keen on playing with pace and moving England around as much as we possibly can'

Cork plays host to Ireland’s next generation against the might of England tonight.

# u20-rugby - Sunday 27 January, 2019

QUIZ: Can you identify the Irish U20 year?

Does all recent history blend together for you, or were you with these boys every step of the way?

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