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Ulster duo are eager to dazzle with the Irish U20s

By Michael Sadlier

Published 04/02/2016

Lining up: Ulster starlet Adam McBurney starts for Irish U20s
Lining up: Ulster starlet Adam McBurney starts for Irish U20s

Ireland U20s begin their Six Nations campaign tomorrow evening when they meet Wales at Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin (kick-off 7.35pm).

Just two Ulster-based players are in coach Nigel Carolan's match day squad with Ballymena hooker Adam McBurney involved again after last year while Queen's University's Jonny McPhillips makes his debut at out-half in what is a largely inexperienced team.

Indeed, only three players have been retained from last season though this would have been four had Jacob Stockdale been available but he is involved with Ulster in their rescheduled PRO12 game with the Dragons and the Belfast Harlequins player will be joining up with the national squad next week.

Carolan said: "We've been training well and the players are integrating nicely.

"While the majority of the lads taking to the field on Friday will not have played at international level before, they have got good experience at provincial level and this has shown in their preparation over the last few weeks.

"They're all looking forward to getting out there."

Ireland U20s: J Power, M Byrne, S Daly, J O'Brien, H Keenan, J McPhillips, J Poland; A Porter, A McBurney, C O'Donnell, P Claffey, J Ryan (capt), C Gallagher, W Connors.

Replacements: S Fenton, J Bollard, C Kenny, S O'Connor, K Brown, S Kerins, B Connon, C O'Brien.

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