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Nigel Carolan is confident of a second win for Ireland U-20s

There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence and Ireland U-20s' biggest challenge this evening will be striking the right balance between the two as they host a winless Italian side at Donnybrook (7.35pm).

One win from Ireland's three games doesn't exactly leave much room for arrogance but there has been a renewed sense of belief and indeed confidence in their camp this week after they produced a stunning comeback to beat England last time out.

Ireland's hopes of claiming the Six Nations title were buried in France a month ago but with the World Rugby U-20 Championship coming up in June, there is still plenty for coach Nigel Carolan to learn in the remaining two games against Italy and Scotland next week.

"I think going in there against Wales, we were probably a little bit cold," Carolan said. "It was a big step up for a lot of guys and we're only starting to find our form now.

"But in saying that, a lot of guys were broken up after the English game. There's a lot of guys still recovering so we're going to need the full two weeks to sort of recover and get guys back fresh again. Realistically, we mightn't have been able to field a team if we had to play last weekend.

"We're not going to try and focus too much on Italy. Again, if we focus on ourselves and what we do well, we know we're going down the right road."

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