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History-makers go for final place

Ireland's Under-20s have their sights fixed on creating more history tomorrow. Already they have gone further than any of their predecessors at the IRB Junior World Championships by reaching the semi-finals and standing between them and a place in the final against either South Africa or New Zealand are holders England.

They go head to head tomorrow in Auckland (6.05am) and Ireland know that if they are to upstage the defending champions they will have to be a lot better than was the case the last time the sides met. That was in the Six Nations in February at Franklin's Gardens when England won 33-9.

Tomorrow Ireland will be captained by Munster's Jack O'Donoghue who was not involved that day.

The big UL Bohemians No 8 said: "The mood's good in the camp now; everyone's really excited for Sunday and can't wait to get on the pitch to express themselves.

"It's a great honour for me personally to captain my country and to get to a semi-final like this is a dream come true. Hopefully I can do Ireland proud and we can move on to the final. "England have a big, physical pack but hopefully we can match them up front. It's just going to be a blow for blow match and I think defence is going to be key.

Belfast Harlequins flanker Frankie Taggart, the only Ulster player in the squad, starts the game.

IRELAND Under-20s v England: Cian Kelleher, Ciaran Gaffney, Garry Ringrose, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton, Ross Byrne, Nick McCarthy, Peter Dooley, Max Abbott, Rory Burke, Stephen Gardiner, Ross Molony, Peadar Timmins, Frank Taggart, Jack O'Donoghue (capt). Replacements: Dylan Donnellan Denis Coulson, Oisin Heffernan, Darragh Moloney, Rory Moloney, Ryan Foley, Conor McKeon, Harrison Brewer.

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