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U20s Six Nations France v Ireland: McBurney and McPhillips are retained for French trip

By Michael Sadlier

Published 11/02/2016

Back in: Johnny McPhillips will face France in Narbonne
Back in: Johnny McPhillips will face France in Narbonne

Ulster pair Adam McBurney and Johnny McPhillips have kept their places for Ireland U20s' second outing in the Six Nations when they travel to take on France in Narbonne tomorrow (kick-off 9.05pm local time).

Notably, though, squad member Jacob Stockdale has again been retained by Ulster for this week's PRO12 meeting with Glasgow Warriors as has Robert Lyttle meaning that hooker McBurney and out-half McPhillips are again the only Ulster representatives.

After losing last Friday's opening game to Wales at Donnybrook the Ireland squad will be going all out to not only rack up a first win in this campaign but also to arrest a losing run that stretches to four Six Nations games with their last victory coming against the French last year in Athlone.

France currently lead the table after whacking Italy and haven't lost a game at home since 2013 while Ireland have won just once away from home in four years.

Hugo Keenan moves to full-back for the injured Jack Power with Conor O'Brien taking Keenan's place on the wing. Up front, Connor Kenny is at prop, while Dan Walsh is in the back row for the injured Will Connors.

Ireland U20s: 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 Gallagher, D Walsh, M Deegan. Replacements: S Fenton, J Bollard, C O'Donnell, S O'Connor, K Brown, S Kerins, B Connon, T Kennedy

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