Young Munster and Munster's Calvin Nash named in the Ireland U-20s squad for the World Rugby U20 Championships
NINE Munster players have been named in Ireland’s squad for the upcoming World Rugby U-20 Championships in Georgia.
Head coach Peter Malone has included four players from Young Munster in his squad, Calvin Nash, Alan Tynan, Fineen Wycherley and Gavin Coombes, while the Shannon duo of John Foley and Jack Stafford have also been included in the squad.
UL-Bohemian are represented in the 28-strong squad by front row forward Joey Conway, while Garryowen’s David McCarthy is also selected along with former Glenstal Abbey star Colm Hogan, now of Dublin University.
Garryowen’s Bill Johnston was ruled out of the Ireland U-20 squad due to injury.
The tournament takes place from May 31 to June 18, with Ireland playing their Pool games in Kutaisi, before moving to Tbilisi for the knock-out stages.
Ireland share Pool B with Italy, New Zealand and Scotland.
Garryowen’s David McCarthy and Young Munster’s Alan Tynan are among five U19s players who will represent Ireland.
Ireland U-20 head coach, Limerick man Peter Malone, said: "It's an exciting time for these players, as they will all be experiencing a World Championship for the first time. It's a great opportunity for them, to go out and pit themselves against their peers from around the world.
“We're in a really strong pool with Italy and Scotland who made us work really hard for wins during the Six Nations, and then New Zealand who will have a number of players back from last year's tournament so they will be a huge test for us.”
Ireland will open their campaign against Six Nations rivals Italy on Wednesday, May 31 in the Kutaisi Stadium. They will then meet Scotland on Sunday, June 4 and their final Pool B game takes place against New Zealand, who Ireland defeated for the first time during last year's Championship, on Thursday, June 8.
Ireland U-20 Squad (World Rugby U20 Championship 2017)
Paul Boyle (Lansdowne FC/Leinster) Captain
Charlie Connolly (Dublin University FC/Leinster)
Joey Conway (UL Bohemians RFC/Munster)
Gavin Coombes (Young Munster RFC/Munster)
Peter Cooper (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Caelan Doris (St. Mary's College RFC/Leinster)
Oisin Dowling (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)
Jordan Duggan (Naas RFC/Leinster)*
John Foley (Shannon RFC/Munster)
Ronan Kelleher (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Sean Masterson (Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
Tadgh McElroy (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)
Greg McGrath (Lansdowne FC/Leinster)
Marcus Rea (Queen's University Belfast RFC/Ulster)
Jack Regan (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Fineen Wycherley (Young Munster RFC/Munster)
Angus Curtis (Queen's University Belfast RFC/Ulster)*
Conor Dean (UCD RFC/Leinster)*
Ciaran Frawley (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Colm Hogan (Dublin University FC/Munster)
Jack Kelly (Dublin University FC/Leinster)
David McCarthy (Garryowen FC/Munster)*
Gavin Mullin (UCD RFC/Leinster)
Calvin Nash (Young Munster/Munster)
Jack Stafford (Shannon RFC/Munster)
Jonathan Stewart (Queen's University Belfast RFC/Ulster)
Michael Silvester (Dublin University FC/Leinster)*
Alan Tynan (Young Munster/Munster)*