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Stockdale ready to wing it in massive French test

By Niall Crozier

Published 15/04/2014

Wallace High School wing Jacob Stockdale – a two-try hero in Ireland's 20-10 victory over Georgia – is the only Ulster starter in the PwC Ireland Under-18 Schools' side to play their French counterparts this afternoon in Poland.

Stockdale is the only non-Leinster back in the starting XV.

There are five changes for today's FIRA Under-18 European Championships encounter in Plewiska – two in the pack and three in the backs.

Up front, lock Sean O'Connor replaces Peter Claffey in the engine-room, while Charlie Cregan's injury-enforced withdrawal sees Jonathan Guy start on the open-side flank.

Behind the scrum Matthew Gilsenan's switch from fly-half to inside-centre means Jimmy O'Brien comes in at 10. The other changes see Colm Mulcahy move to outside-centre in place of Paul Kiernan while Jordan Larmour replaces Calvin Nash on the right wing. Campbell College hooker Conor McIlmurray is one of the eight replacements.

Ireland U-18 Schools' side to play France (FIRA European Championships): Jack Power (Leinster); Jordan Larmour (Leinster), Colm Mulcahy (Leinster), Matthew Gilsenan (Leinster), Jacob Stockdale (Ulster); Jimmy O'Brien (Leinster), Rowan Osborne (Leinster); Andrew Porter (Leinster), John Molony (Leinster), Conan O'Donnell (Connacht); James Ryan (Leinster), Sean O'Connor (Munster); Will Connors (Leinster), Johnny Guy (Leinster), Max Deegan (Leinster). Replacements: Conor McIlmurray (Ulster), Hugo Kean (Leinster), Conor Kenny (Connacht), Peter Claffey (Connacht), Greg Jones (Leinster), David Duggan (Leinster), Paul Kiernan (Munster), Oisin O'Meara (Leinster), Alan McMahon (Munster), Calvin Nash (Munster).

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