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Ulsterman Hume wings it back into starting side as U20s eye unlikely title


Big call: James Hume is one of six Ulster-based starters
Big call: James Hume is one of six Ulster-based starters

By Michael Sadlier

Ireland's U20s are again well populated with Ulster-based players as they play their final Six Nations game against England tomorrow at the Ricoh Arena (kick-off 8pm).

There are six players from the province in the starting side as third-placed Ireland, rather unexpectedly, find themselves chasing a potential title which should be theirs if they beat their hosts well and Wales do an effective job on leaders France.

Angus Curtis is in midfield again in a side with four changes from the one which beat Scotland 30-25 at Donnybrook last Friday.

One of these alterations sees James Hume, who normally plays centre and was benched against the Scots, brought in and put on the wing for fellow Ulsterman Mark Keane.

Ballymena’s Angus Kernohan accommodates Hume by switching to the left wing.

Lock Matthew Dalton and flankers Joe Dunleavy and Matthew Agnew are all retained from last week.

Prop Tom O’Toole — one of seven Ulster-based starters in the Scotland game — is benched for tomorrow night as head coach Noel McNamara, assisted by Paul O’Connell, rings the changes in his front row.

With scrum-half Jonny Stewart also benched again, Ulster’s representation in the match-day squad stands at eight players.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Graham Curtis — brother of Angus — is a sub for Ulster A for their clash with Munster A tomorrow at Banbridge Academy (3pm).

Ireland U20s: M Silvester, J Hume, T O’Brien (capt), A Curtis, A Kernohan, H Byrne, H O’Sullivan, J Duggan, E Clarke, J Aungier, M Dalton, J Dunne, J Dunleavy, M Agnew, J O’Sullivan

Subs: D Barron, J French, T O’Toole, R Coffey, S Masterson, J Stewart, C Dean, S O’Brien

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