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Friday 15 December 2017

Irish U20s have to start fast

U20s six nations

Italy U20s v Ireland U20s, Stadio Pozzi Lamarmora, Tonight (KO 6.0, Irish time)

New coach Nigel Carolan is blessed with an embarrassment of riches through the Ireland U20 three-quarters with Nick McCarthy and Ross Byrne returning at half-back.

The questions marks come over how his forward pack can stand up to the heat.

A lot responsibility will rest with the front five where the physicality of props Jeremy Loughman and Oisin Heffernan and locks David O'Connor and Alex Thompson will be tested to the limit.

Ireland: B Dardis; G O'Shea, G Ringrose, F Cleary, J Owens; R Byrne, N McCarthy (capt); J Loughman, Z McCall, O Heffernan, D O'Connor, A Thompson, J Murphy, R Moloney, L Dow.

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