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No limit to Doris' talent: Malone

By Cian Tracey

One wonders if the Ireland U20s forward pack got together at some stage in recent weeks and figured that it was time they made their mark and had people talk about them as well as the stellar back-line outside them.

Nigel Carolan has a wealth of options available to him out wide, which is illustrated by the return to fitness of Jack Kelly who is named at outside centre for the meeting with Wales tomorrow, rather than his usual full-back position.

It was in the impressive victory over France that the Ireland pack really stamped their authority and ultimately provided the platform for the likes of Tommy O'Brien and Jordan Larmour to showcase their undoubted talent.

Cillian Gallagher's (shoulder) absence has been felt but Caelan Doris' powerful performances have made up for it.

Doris is an outstanding prospect at No.8 and will be under-age for the 20s again next year. Already one of the main pack leaders, the former Blackrock student has "limitless potential," according to assistant coach Peter Malone.

"I think he can be excellent," Malone enthused. "His athletic ability is super, he has a real innate rugby ability and has been one of the stand-out players. He's one of the guys we've looked to so the potential is limitless.

"I think he does realise his potential but he is a very quiet, humble guy. He takes on board information very well and if he's given feedback he takes it."

Fresh from making his professional debut from the bench in Munster's PRO12 win over Cardiff last weekend, Fineen Wycherley is restored to the starting XV and Malone was suitably impressed by his cameo.

"He came on and did what he does very well. The lads were very happy with him," he said.

Ireland will need all of Doris and Wycherley's power as Carolan's side look to remain on course for a Grand Slam.

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