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Friday 10th February 18:00 GMT


Italy and Ireland Under 20s go head to head on Friday Evening at the Stadio Enrico Chersoni in Round 2 of the 2017 Six Nations U20 Championship. The Irish youngsters sneaked home in the closest of the matches in Round 1 last weekend, when a late try by Paul Boyle, converted by Johnny McPhillips, who was subsequently awarded the man of the match award, helped them claim a 20-19 victory, after they had trailed 6-13 at the interval. The young Azzuri, who finished 2016 with the wooden spoon, and five defeats from five fixtures, provided the reigning Grand Slam Champions Wales, with a stern test in Round 1, taking the early lead, and only trailing by 5-10 at half-time, before ultimately being defeated 5-27.

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Irish head coach Nigel Carolan has made four changes to the side that the Scots, as he seeks an improved performance from his young charges against a physical Italy Under 20s outfit. Both Charlie Connolly and Calvin Nash are a part of the run on XV, while Matthew Burke and Gavin Coombes are introduced to the bench. A second win on Friday, for the runners-up in last Summer's U20 World Championship, will set them up for the more challenging fixtures ahead of them, against France, Wales and England, as they seek a first title since 2010.

Posted: 6th February 2015


Italy and Ireland open this season's Six Nations U20 Championship, when they met on Friday night at the Stadio Pozzi Lamarmora. Both sides will be looking to improve on last season's campaign, when they finished in fifth and fourth position respectively, with Ireland winning the meeting of the two in 2014 by 18-0.

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Following their best ever performance at the U20 World Championship during the summer in New Zealand, where they defeated the hosts, and went on to finish in fourth position, Ireland Under 20s lost the services of their coach Mike Ruddock, who made the decision to step down. New coach Nigel Carolan has inherited a strong squad of players, and has eight players who appeared in last year's U20s 6-Nations available to him, as well as three additional players who appeared in the Junior World Cup, one of which Nick McCarthy will skipper the team. Italy Under 20s are coached by Italian international legend, Alessandro Troncon, who has handed the captaincy of the young Azzurri to prop Paolo Buonfiglio. The majority of the home side, who won only one game in last season's championship, 32-13 at home to eventual wooden spoonists Scotland, and who conceded more points that their five rivals, come from the Federal Academy that play in the Italian Serie A.

Posted: 15th March 2013


On Friday, the 15th of March, it will be the Italy Under 20s and the Ireland Under 20s teams competing in the Under 20 Six Nations Championship, and the match will be at 19:00 local time and one hour earlier GMT. The Italy Under 20's team is the only team in the competition not to have earned any points so far this season. That's not from lack of trying of course. They have played four games so far this season, but have not been able to win any of them. France is above them on the table, having won a single game and earning two points from it.

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As for our other team that is playing this week, the Ireland rugby team, they come in at third on the table with four points. They have won two games, and are tied with Scotland in fourth, which also have two wins and four points.

Tags: Ireland Under 20s, Six Nations, Italy Under 20s, Mike Ruddock, Alessandro Troncon, Six Nations Championship
Posted: 10th February 2017

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