Ireland u/20 was crowned 2019 u/20 Six Nations Champions with a round still to play after they beat France 31-29 at the Irish Independent Park last night. Ireland last won the u/20 Six Nations Championship in 2010. Ireland made it four wins out of four and took advantage of Wales' surprise 27-20 loss to bottom side Scotland which secured their number one position for 2019.
Man-of-the-match Josh Wycherley crossed for two tries, his replacement Callum Reid also touched down and out-half Ben Healy, who started in place of the injured Harry Byrne, finished with a brilliant 16-point contribution.
Louis Carbonel was in inspirational form for France, scoring two tries and kicking nine points. Converted tries from Jean-Baptiste Gros and Carbonel had them 14-13 ahead at half-time, cancelling out Ireland's early 10-point lead from prop Wycherley's 13th-minute try.
Ireland had to defend at the end of the match with France attacking at every opportunity. With 10 minutes to go Ireland was ahead 26-17 after wrestling the lead back from France with a converted Josh Wycherley try. France scored in the final minute of the match to narrow the score to the final score of 31-29.
Ireland: Tries: Wycherley (2), Reid Conversions: Healy (2) Penalties: Healy (3)
France: Tries: Gros, Carbonel (2), Viallard Conversions: Carbonel (3) Penalty: Carbonel