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Noel McNamara

Noel McNamara

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Noel McNamara

Ireland U20 coach Noel McNamara said that his men have plenty of room for improvement despite scoring a second bonus-point win in a row.

His men did enough in the opening half to take control of this Six Nations clash at Irish Independent Park as the Grand Slam champions made it 10 points from two games.​

But McNamara knows that it will be a step up next time when they take on England in Northampton in two weeks.​

"England will be huge in Franklin's Gardens in two weeks but we will prepare for it. We will review this, we have a training session with the senior squad in CIT next Thursday, so excited about that challenge and that opportunity," said McNamara.

"Our breakdown let us down a bit in the second half, we lacked a bit of focus and allowed them back into the game but the one thing this team has in absolute spades is character and that was very much evident not when we were on the front foot with our tails up but when we were under the pump there in the second half."

Fears that Wales, surprisingly beaten at home by Italy in the opening round, might be capable of a response didn't materialise until the second half but by that stage they had left themselves with too much to do.

Belfast Telegraph