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Ireland's rising stars bid to sign off on high note

By Staff Reporter

After having their title hopes wrecked by consecutive defeats, Ireland Under-20s will be seeking to at least close their Six Nations campaign on a high when they travel to meet Scotland at Netherdale tomorrow (kick-off 7.30pm).

Coach Nigel Carolan has made four changes to the side which lost to Wales last time out with Queen's University's second row Alex Thompson recalled which brings the Ulster-based contingent in the starting side back up to four.

Thompson therefore rejoins regulars and fellow Queen's players Zac McCall and Lorcan Dow in the pack while the other Ulster-based player is Ballynahinch centre Sam Arnold.

Elsewhere, Ballymena's Michael Lagan is brought onto the bench and joins fellow club man Adam McBurney while the continued presence of Queen's duo Conor Young and Jacob Stockdale brings the Ulster representation up to eight in the match-day 23.

IRELAND U20s: B Dardis, C Gaffney, G Ringrose, S Arnold, S Fitzgerald, R Byrne, N McCarthy (capt); J Loughman, Z McCall, C O'Donnell, D O'Connor, A Thompson, J Murphy, N Timoney, L Dow.

Replacements: A McBurney, M Lagan, O Heffernan, J Dawn, S McVeigh, C Young, J Carbery, J Stockdale.

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