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Seven Ulster players called up to Ireland squad for U20 World Championships

Seven Ulster players have been included in Ireland's squad for the upcoming World Rugby U20 Championships.

The tournament takes place in France and kicks off on May 30. Ireland will take on their hosts, Georgia and South Africa in their Pool C matches and included in the panel are five Ulster forwards and two backs.

Tom O'Toole started Ulster's Champions Cup play-off victory on Sunday and he's been included along with Matthew Agnew, Matthew Dalton, Joe Dunleavy and Aaron Hall. Backs James Hume and Jonny Stewart have also been called up by head coach Noel McNamara. Angus Curtis misses out through injury.

The 28-man squad will be captained by Leinster’s Caelan Doris.

"It’s an exciting time for the players and management as we prepare to head to the south of France for the U20 World Championships," said coach McNamara.

"There’s a lot of talent in this squad and the players are all preparing well. We’re up against three physical sides in our pool, and with France up first, it will be a great test for the players on the opening day of the tournament and something that everyone is looking forward to."

Ireland U20 Squad (World Rugby U20 Championship 2018)

Forwards

Matthew Agnew (Ballymena RFC/Ulster)

Jack Aungier (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster)

Diarmuid Barron (Garryowen FC/Munster)

Joe Byrne (Dublin University/Leinster) *

Matthew Dalton (Malone RFC/Ulster)

Cormac Daly (Clontarf FC/Leinster)

Caelan Doris (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster) Captain

Jordan Duggan (Naas RFC/Leinster)

Jack Dunne (Dublin University FC/Leinster)

Joe Dunleavy (Malone RFC/Ulster)

James French (UCC/Munster)

Aaron Hall (Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster)

Tom O’Toole (Banbridge RFC/Ulster)

Jack O’Sullivan (UCC RFC/Munster)

Charlie Ryan (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Dan Sheehan (Dublin University FC/Leinster) *

Backs

Harry Byrne (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Conor Dean (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster)

Dan Hurley (Garryowen FC/Munster) *

James Hume (Banbridge RFC/Ulster)

Sean O’Brien (Clontarf FC/Leinster)

Hugh O’Sullivan (Clontarf FC/Leinster)

Tom Roche (Lansdowne FC/Leinster) *

Michael Silvester (Dublin University FC/Leinster)

Jonny Stewart (QUB RFC/Ulster)

Peter Sylvester (UCC RFC / Munster)

Tommy O’Brien (UCD RFC/Leinster)

James McCarthy (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)

* Uncapped players

Ireland U20's World Championships Fixtures

France v Ireland: Stade Aime-Giral, Perpignan; Wednesday 30th May, 2018; KO: 21:00 (local) / 20:00 (Irish)

South Africa v Ireland: Stade d'Honneur du Parc des Sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne; Sunday 3rd June, 2018; KO: 16:30 (local) / 15:30 (Irish)

Ireland v Georgia: Stade d'Honneur du Parc des Sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne; Thursday 7th June, 2018; KO: 18:30 (local) / 17:30 (Irish)

Semi-Finals: Stade d'Honneur du Parc des Sports et de l'Amitie, Narbonne OR Stade Aime-Giral, Perpignan;Tuesday 12th June 2018

Finals Day: Stade De La Mediterranee in Béziers; Sunday 17th June 2018

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