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Carolan makes one change for crunch clash with Baby Blacks

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 11/06/2016

Nigel Carolan
Nigel Carolan

After producing a stirring comeback win against Wales in their World Rugby Under-20s Championship opener, Ireland coach Nigel Carolan has made only one, injury-enforced, change to his side for the clash with New Zealand at the Manchester City Academy Stadium.

Prop Conor Kenny's tournament lasted only a matter of minutes and he is already back home after sustaining a shoulder injury in the early stages against Wales.

His number three jersey has been handed to Young Munster man Ben Betts whose role on the bench will be filled by Trinity's James Bollard.

Two Ulstermen who bagged the tries in Tuesday's win have retained their places with Jacob Stockdale at full-back and Adam McBurney the starting hooker.

A third from the province, Johnny McPhillips, will again be on the bench, backing up fly-half Bill Johnston.

While Ireland were stunning the Welsh, the Baby Blacks warmed up for today's Manchester showdown (1.30pm) with a comprehensive win over Georgia, the side the men in green will meet on Wednesday to conclude the pool.

Meanwhile, four Academy players will be in a development squad taking part in the Super Sevens Series in Maidenhead this weekend.

David Busby, Conor Kelly, Nick Timoney and Rob Lyttle will all be involved.

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