Ulster trio out to shine for Ireland in the World U20 Championship
Three Ulstermen have been selected in Nigel Carolan's squad for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester next month.
Hooker Adam McBurney and centre/wing Jacob Stockdale will be experiencing the tournament for a second time after featuring in Italy last year with out-half Johnny McPhillips making his first trip.
Sam Arnold, who will leave Ulster for Munster this summer, would have been in the panel if not for injury while five uncapped players have been called upon. Ireland have a testing pool with their opening game coming against Six Nations Grand Slam winners Wales.
They then take on last year's champions New Zealand before finishing off by meeting Georgia.
After a mixed Six Nations, where just like the senior side they finished in third place, Carolan thinks his side are building well for the tournament.
"We were happy with how the side progressed during the Six Nations and we were pleased with how the players developed," he said. "I felt that we grew as a team and that's something we're looking to bring to Manchester.
"We are in one of the toughest pools. However, we have a very ambitious group of players."
Ireland's championship kicks off in the Manchester City Academy Stadium on June 7.
Ireland under-20 squad Forwards (16): A Porter, J Bollard, V Abdaladze*, A McBurney, V O'Brien*, C Kenny, B Betts, C Gallagher, J Ryan, S O'Connor, E Mintern*, G Jones, W Connors, M Deegan, K Brown, D Aspil*. Backs (12): S Kerins, N Saunders, B Johnston*, J McPhillips, C O'Brien, S Daly, J O'Brien, P Kiernan, J Stockdale, T Kennedy, H Keenan, M Byrne.
*Denotes uncapped player