Six uncapped players make Ireland U20 squad for World Championships

Five backs and a single forward will all earn their first cap for Ireland

Paul Boyle

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Peter Malone has handed out six new Ireland caps after naming his squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship.

Jordan Duggan, Angus Curtis, David McCarthy, Alan Tynan and Michael Sylvester have all been called up from the U19 squad after a spate of injuries to the squad. UCD and Leinster's Conor Dean is also included in the panel.

"We've lost a number of players who were involved during the Six Nations through injury, so it's very unlucky for those guys not to be involved, but it gives other players the chance to wear the green jersey on the world stage," Malone said.

"We're in a really strong pool with Italy and Scotland who made us work really hard for wins during the Six Nations, and then New Zealand who will have a number of players back from last year's tournament so they will be a huge test for us."

The 28-man squad will be captained by Lansdowne and Leinster man Paul Boyle. Cillian Gallagher, Bill Johnston, Jordan Larmour, Johnny McPhillips and Tommy O'Brien all miss out with injury.

Ireland open their campaign against Six Nations rivals Italy on Wednesday May 31st in the Kutaisi Stadium.

Next comes their meeting with Scotland just four days later. Malone's side finish their final Pool B campaign against New Zealand, who Ireland defeated for the first time during last year's Championship, on Thursday the June 8th.

"It's an exciting time for these players, as they will all be experiencing a World Championship for the first time. It's a great opportunity for them, to go out and pit themselves against their peers from around the world."

The tournament takes place in Georgia from May 31st – June 18th.

Ireland U20 Squad for World Rugby U20 Championship

Forwards

Paul Boyle (Lansdowne FC/Leinster) Captain

Charlie Connolly (Dublin University FC/Leinster)

Joey Conway (UL Bohemians RFC/Munster)

Gavin Coombes (Young Munster RFC/Munster)

Peter Cooper (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)

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

Oisin Dowling (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)

Jordan Duggan (Naas RFC/Leinster)*

John Foley (Shannon RFC/Munster)

Ronan Kelleher (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Sean Masterson (Corinthians RFC/Connacht)

Tadgh McElroy (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)

Greg McGrath (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)

Marcus Rea (Queen's University Belfast RFC/Ulster)

Jack Regan (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Fineen Wycherley (Young Munster RFC/Munster)

Backs

Angus Curtis (Queen's University Belfast RFC/Ulster)*

Conor Dean (UCD RFC/Leinster)*

Ciaran Frawley (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Colm Hogan (Dublin University FC/Munster)

Jack Kelly (Dublin University FC/Leinster)

David McCarthy (Garryowen FC/Munster)*

Gavin Mullin (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Calvin Nash (Young Munster/Munster)

Jack Stafford (Shannon RFC/Munster)

Jonathan Stewart (Queen's University Belfast RFC/Ulster)

Michael Silvester (Dublin University FC/Leinster)*

Alan Tynan (Young Munster/Munster)*

* Denotes Uncapped