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Carolan hopes video nasty will spur his kids

By Cian Tracey

Published 12/02/2016

In the aftermath of last Friday's disappointing defeat to Wales, Nigel Carolan admitted that Monday's video review session would be an ugly affair.

It wasn't so much the defeat itself, but rather the manner in which the Ireland U-20s were dominated in almost every aspect of play on their own turf. So was the review as bad as expected?

"Yeah it was very bad," centre Jimmy O'Brien conceded.

"We all had individual reviews over the weekend so we all knew what was coming. Looking back it was horrible."

Ireland's task doesn't get any easier this evening as they travel to Narbonne to take on a French side who put 40 points on Italy in the opening round.

Ireland have only won once (2012) in France at this age-grade, but crucially they can draw on their experiences of beating France in Marcoussis at under-19 level last year.

"We played two matches in Paris. We won the first one by three points and lost the second one quite heavily," O'Brien recalled.

"We don't see it as an impossible task - we think we can win."

Assistant coach Peter Malone is expecting a marked improvement on last week.

"It is a massive test. Under-20 rugby is very close to professional rugby," he insisted.

"The most similar environment crowd-wise is when you go to France. It's big pressure."

FRANCE UNDER-20: R Buros; G Nandebe, D Penaud, A Arrate, E Roudil; A Belleau, C Kaiser; A Jelonch, J Cancoriet, M Voisi; M Tanguy, F Verhaegue; M Simutoga, B Mauvaka, Castets (capt). Reps: E El Ansari, Bourgarit, E Setiano, T Hannoyer, J-B Grenod, B Couilloud, A Septar, A Pilati.

IRELAND UNDER-20: H Keenan; M Byrne, S Daly, J O'Brien, C O'Brien; J McPhillips, J Poland; A Porter, A McBurney, C Kenny; P Claffey, J Ryan (c); C Gallagher, D Walsh, M Deegan. Reps: S Fenton, J Bollard, C O'Donnell, S O'Connor, K Brown, S Keirns, B Connon, T Kennedy.

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