21st May 2019

Ireland u/20 Get Three Players Back For Italy


Ireland's u/20 squad for the Italy game on Friday have been strengthened with the return of three players. The success of the Ireland u/20 team has been the settled squad which had minimal changes since the start of the 6 Nations Championship of 2019.

Vice-captain and scrumhalf Craig Casey, lock Ryan Baird and winger Angus Kernohan return to the squad after being declared fit for action.  The two long term injuries of Azur Allison and Stewart Moore will keep them for being available for action soon with the injury to Azur Allison who's injury will most probably require surgery.

Scrum coach Ambrose Conboy said " The settled squad is really important for this group, but it’s still about player development at this age level,” he explained. “It’s about getting all those guys as much exposure and game-time as possible. When you look at the squad, I don’t think you could fault anyone from the England win. It was very difficult to change it (the team) within that.

“It’s just a matter of getting as many guys on the pitch and test them at this level and see if they can handle it. Credit to the boys. As a group, they are tremendously cohesive in what they have done so far. We can keep that going, that’s important because it’s not just 1 to 15 or 1 to 23, it’s everyone outside that 35-man squad too.

“That’s one thing that has been exceptional about this squad, everyone has a feeling of involvement in it, which is a credit to, yes what we have done as coaches, but particularly as to what they have done as a group themselves.”

On the return of Ryan Baird, he said “Ryan Baird is back. He played last weekend for Trinity. He dug down as well. Ryan is going to give us something that is going to be physical. His athletic qualities are something that is wished upon by most players. He is in a pretty good position to put himself into selection.

“We are looking forward to having him back in, just up-skilling him again with a few changes in the line-out. Our scrum has gone pretty well as well, so it’s just to make sure he is on point with those things as well.”

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