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Ireland outclass Uruguay to land another easy win

By Niall Crozier

Emerging Ireland romped to another emphatic IRB Nations Cup win with a 51-3 rout of Uruguay in Bucharest.

Following Friday's 66-0 demolition of Russia, coach Dan McFarland made 10 changes of personnel plus four positional switches.

The outcome was the same – an easy victory over outclassed opponents.

Having kicked an early penalty, Uruguay leaked 22 first half points plus another 29 in the second period.

Ireland scored seven tries, five of which were converted by JJ Hanrahan who also kicked a penalty as did replacement Ian Keatley.

Craig Gilroy, Michael Kearney, Paddy Butler (2), Billy Holland and Paul Marshall each touched down, with the Uruguayans also conceding a penalty try.

Emerging Ireland now play the hosts, Romania, on Sunday.

Meanwhile Ireland Under-20s also face the host nation, New Zealand, in tomorrow's IRB Junior World Championship third-fourth place play-off.

Ireland v New Zealand (Under-20 IRB Junior World Championship) third-fourth place play-off. Eden Park, Auckland, Friday, June 20 (6.05am, live on TG4): Cian Kelleher (Leinster); Ciaran Gaffney (Connacht), Garry Ringrose (Leinster), Harrisson Brewer (Leinster), Alex Wootton (Munster); Ross Byrne (Leinster), Nick McCarthy (Leinster); Peter Dooley (Leinster), Dylan Donnellan (Leinster), Oisin Heffernan (Leinster); Darragh Moloney (Munster), Ross Molony (Leinster); Peadar Timmins (Leinster, captain). Rory Moloney (Connacht), Frank Taggart (Ulster). Replacements: Max Abbott (Munster), Denis Coulson (Leinster), Rory Burke (Munster), Stephen Gardiner (Leinster), Josh Murphy (Leinster), Ryan Foley (Leinster), Conor McKeon (Leinster), Dan Goggin (Munster).

* ONE of the best known strength and fitness coaches in world sport will be in Belfast this weekend for a day-long seminar.

Australian Ashley Jones is hailed for his role in success stories like those of the All Blacks, the Wallabies and Super 14 giants The Crusaders.

His long-time friend, Ulsterman Mikey McGurn has arranged this visit.

Saturday's event is at The Dub (Queen's University) where the programme will run from 9.30am to 4,30pm, with a two-hour presentation in the morning, followed by a practical demonstration in the afternoon. The price is £30.

Pre-book at www.mcsport.ie

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