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Friday 24th February 20:00 GMT


The teams that sit in second and third positions in the U20's 6-Nation table at the end of Round 2, Ireland and France Under 20s, will face each other at Donnybrook in Dublin on Friday. Ireland have played and won two games this season, Starting with a thrilling 20-19 victory in Scotland, they then had to fight off a thrilling fightback from Italy in Round 2, before they to another single point victory by 27-26. Ireland Under 20s are the only unbeaten side alongside the table topping English youngsters, but they have failed to gain a bonus point from their two wins, whereas England have managed to secure the extra point in both of their victories.

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The Irish youngsters will go into Friday's fixture having suffered just a solitary defeat at U20 level in the last 10 games that they have played. Unfortunately for them, they reverse was in the World Cup final in Manchester last Summer. France began the tournament with their heaviest ever defeat at U20 level, when they conceded nine tries at Sandy Park in Exeter, when going down 17-59 to England. The French bounced back in Round 2, claiming a bonus point win in Grenoble against Scotland, easing home by 36-8, and also in the process avoiding back to back defeats in the Six Nations for the first time since 2013.

Posted: 13th February 2015


Two of the sides who won on the opening weekend of the U20s Six Nations Championship, square up on Friday night at Dubarry Park, Athlone, when Ireland host the reigning Champions France. The French will travel to Ireland full of confidence after their ominously good performance against the Scots in Gueugnon, where they ran out very comfortable winners by 47-6.

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After last season's U20 Grand Slam, when the team managed a meagre 11 tires in securing the title, the Junior French team ran riot against the Scots scoring a total of seven tries, while conceding just two penalty kicks. Although the Irish won by a similar margin to Friday's opponents at the Stadio Pozzi Lamarmora, triumphing by 47-15, they initially at least had to subdue a highly competitive Italian team, in a match played in atrocious weather conditions. It may well be that a competitive fixture will serve the Ireland Under 20s better than the easier run out that their visitors endured. Though with many of the France Under 20s squad battle hardened in the Top 14 tournament, and the French squad training together for a week each month since last August, the lack of competition from the Scots may not hamper them so much as the Irish rolling maul, which was a mighty impressive weapon in the win over the Italians.

Posted: 8th March 2013


Friday, the 8th of March, the Under 20's Six Nations will see Ireland and France Under 20s teams play in Athlone at 19:45 local time and GMT. Right now, France Under 20's takes fifth on the table. They have played three games so far, but were only able to win one of them, which mean that they have the other two as losses since they had no draws. Ireland Under 20s comes in right above France in the standings with one win out of three games played and two points earned.

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As for the top three teams on the table, we have Wales in the top spot, with six points earned after winning all three games that they have played so far, and then England takes the second spot with four points while Scotland will come in at number three with four points after winning two of the three games they played.

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Posted: 24th February 2017

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