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Kelly returns to fray against Welsh

Ireland Under-20s have been handed a boost in their bid to set up a St Patrick's Day Grand Slam showdown with England as captain Jack Kelly is fit enough to return against Wales on Saturday, but they will have to plan without Gavin Mullin and Johnny McPhillips who have been ruled out of the remainder of the Six Nations.

Kelly injured his shoulder in the opening win in Scotland and missed the victories over Italy and France but he took a full part in training yesterday and is set to return to the starting XV.

Mullin, however, pulled a hamstring and the centre will play no further part in the tournament and will instead focus on fully recovering for the Junior World Cup in June.

Ulster out-half McPhillips has also been ruled out due to a groin injury picked up in training.

"He'll definitely miss the Six Nations and Ulster are going to rehab him then," assistant coach Peter Malone said. "Hopefully he'll be back in six to eight weeks but he's definitely out for the rest of the Six Nations."

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