Tuesday 25 October 2016

Irish eyes firmly focused on second win

Ireland coach Nigel Carolan makes four changes for Scotland in Calvisano this afternoon (KO3.30 Irish time, TG4 & BT Sport 2).

Loose-head Andrew Porter and hooker Sean McNulty come in for the injured Jeremy Loughman and the rotated Zack McCall, respectively.

New Munster recruit Conor Oliver makes his first appearance at the competition for the injured Rory Moloney.

"We had a shaky start to the tournament, but it's good to have the win under our belt," said Carolan.

"We narrowly lost to Scotland during the Six Nations this year so we are aware of the challenge ahead of us."

Scotland's complete wipe-out by New Zealand could have done untold damage to their confidence and their physical state in what was a fast-paced encounter.

Their view could be to look to next year when they will have no less than 14 members back and they did not out put the likes of prop Zander Fagerson or 18 year-old fly-half Blair Kinghorn on the first day.

Ireland: B Dardis (Leinster); C Gaffney (Connacht), G Ringrose (Leinster), S Arnold (Ulster), S Fitzgerald (Munster); J Carbery, N McCarthy (capt); A Porter (all Leinster), S McNulty (Munster), O Heffernan, D O'Connor (both Leinster), A Thompson (Ulster), J Murphy (Leinster), C Oliver (Munster), L Dow (Ulster).

Scotland: R Howarth; R Nairn, T Galbraith, P Kelly, A Coombes; B Kinghorn, G Horne; M McCallum, S James, Z Fagerson, S Cummings, L Carmichael, N Irvine-Hess, J Ritchie (capt), M Bradbury.

Verdict: Ireland

rugby: u20 world cup

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