TWO Limerick-based players played key roles in the Irish U-20s bonus point victory over Fiji in the IRB Junior World Championship in France on Sunday night.
Shannon second row, Sean McCarthy and UL-Bohs back row Jack O’Donoghue turned in highly impressive displays in Ireland’s 46-3 victory.
Former Cork hurler Darren Sweetnam scored a brace of tries in Ireland’s six-try haul, as did Ulster’s Rory Scholes. Prop Chris Taylor and impressive flanker Dan Leavy also touched down for the Irish side which showed 11 changes from the team which stunned Australia.
Ireland’s second of Pool B - following on from their impressive opening day win over Australia - now sit joint top of their group with New Zealand on 9 points.
The Irish U-20s take the ‘Baby Blacks’ this Thursday, June 13, at the Stade de la Rabine, Vannes, at 5.45pm Irish time with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs.
The ‘Baby Blacks’ won the first four Junior World Championship tournaments without losing a match and were denied the crown by hosts South Africa last year, but now Mike Ruddock’s Irelans side can eliminate them and send the side into the semi-finals for the first time.
Thursday’s game will be televised live on TG4.