Angus Kernohan handed Ireland U20s start in Italy while Banbridge prop given chance for U20 Six Nations debut
Andgus Kernohan will start for Ireland in their U20 Six Nations game in Italy this weekend.
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Noel McNamara's lads will face their Italian counterparts in Rieti on Friday (kick-off 6pm GMT), with 20-year-old Banbridge prop Callum Reid named among the replacements as he looks to win his first U20 cap.
Kernohan's start is one of two changes to the starting XV that claimed a 24-5 win over Scotland last time out, as he joins Jonathan Wren and full-back Jake Flannery in the back three.
Craig Casey, who missed the Scottish tie due to injury returns to wear the Number 9 jersey and partners out-falf Harry Byrne.
In the scrum, props Josh Wycherley and Thomas Clarkson again start alongside hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin, with Charlie Ryan and Niall Murray in the second-row.
The back-row partnership is also retained, with flankers Martin Moloney and Scott Penny packing down with Number 8 John Hodnett.
Captain David Hawkshaw continues his centre partnership with Liam Turner.
Also looking for their U20 bow off the bench are Billy Scannell, Ben Healy and Ronan Watters.
The game will be streamed live via the Irish Rugby YouTube Channel.
Ireland's win over Scotland added to their opening weekend victory over England at Irish Independent Park in Cork.
“We’re pleased to have won our opening two games, but the players are ambitious, and they are constantly looking for improvements in their performance, both individually and collectively," said Head Coach McNamara.
"Our previous meetings with Italy have been really challenging encounters, with only one score separating the sides in our past number of games.
"The down week allowed for the players to get some good recovery in, as well as reviewing the Scotland game and looking ahead to this weekend.
"We had a really positive session with the Ireland Senior side last Friday in the Aviva Stadium, so the players are now looking forward to getting back into the green jersey on Friday night in Rieti.”
Ireland U20 team to face Italy U20
15. Jake Flannery (Shannon/Munster)
14. Angus Kernohan (Queen’s University/Ulster)
13. Liam Turner (Dublin University/Leinster)
12. David Hawkshaw (Clontarf/Leinster) Captain
11. Jonathan Wren (Cork Constitution/Munster)
10. Harry Byrne (Lansdowne/Leinster)
9. Craig Casey (Shannon/Munster)
1. Josh Wycherley (Young Munster/Munster)
2. Dylan Tierney-Martin (Corinthians/Connacht)
3. Thomas Clarkson (Dublin University/Leinster)
4. Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster)
5. Niall Murray (Buccaneers/Connacht)
6. Martin Moloney (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
7. Scott Penny (UCD RFC/Leinster)
8. John Hodnett (UCC/Munster)
16. Billy Scannell (Young Munster/Munster) *
17. Callum Reid (Banbridge/Ulster) *
18. Michael Milne (UCD/Leinster)
19. Brian Deeny (Clontarf/Leinster)
20. Ronan Watters (St.Mary’s College/Leinster) *
21. Cormac Foley (St.Mary’s College / Leinster)
22. Ben Healy (Garryowen/Munster) *
23. Rob Russell (Dublin University/Leinster)
*Denotes uncapped at this level
Ireland U20 Six Nations Fixtures and Results 2019
Friday 1st February 2019: Ireland U20 35 - 27 England U20, Irish Independent Park, Cork
Friday 8th February 2019: Scotland U20 5 - 24 Ireland U20, Netherdale, Galashiels
Friday 22nd February 2019: Italy U20 v Ireland U20, Stadio Centro d’Italia, Rieti: Stream via IrishRugby thanks to PwC Ireland – www.youtube.com/IrishRugbyTVOfficial
Friday 8th March 2019: Ireland U20 v France U20, 7.15pm, Irish Independent Park, Cork: Live on RTE
Friday 15th March 2019: Wales U20 v Ireland U20, 7.15pm, Stadwim Zip World (Parc Eirias), Colwyn Bay: Live on RTE
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