Local players help Ireland U20s score Six Nations win over Scots

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent



Local players help Ireland U20s score Six Nations win over Scots

Limerick winger Conor Phillips, centre, with Ireland U20 team mates from left, Michael Milne, David Hawkshaw, Harry Byrne and Jonathan Wren following their win over Scotland in the Six Nations

LOCAL players played a key role as Ireland U20s made it two wins from two in the Six Nations with an impressive 24-5 victory over Scotland U20s at Netherdale on Friday night.

Young Munster's Conor Phillips started the game on the right wing for Ireland, while the versatile Jake Flannery, of Shannon, lined out at full-back and another Young Munster player, Josh Wycherley started at loosehead prop.

Tries from prolific-try scoring hooker Dylan Tierney-Martin, UCC and Munster number eight John Hodnett and left wing Jonathan Wren, as well as four successful kicks at goal from out-half Harry Byrne, saw Ireland back up their excellent opening weekend win over England with another success.

Ireland had led the game 10-0 at half-time.

Conor Phillips lined out for Crescent College Comprehensive during his school days and has represented Munster at U18, U19 and U20 level. Phillips has impressed with performances for both the Ireland U18s and U19s with his ability to beat defenders and score tries.

The speedster lined out for Munster A in the Celtic Cup earlier this season and has also featured for Young Munster in the All-Ireland League’s top flight.

Bansha, Co Tipperary-born Jake Flannery, of Shannon, made his Munster A debut in the Celtic Cup against Dragons A in September. The versatile Flannery has previously represented Ireland at U19 level.

The former Rockwell College pupil earned maximum points in his Leaving Cert and played a key part in the school’s advancement to the semi-final stage of last year’s Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Senior Cup competition.

Munster Academy prop Josh Wycherley is a product of Bantry Bay RFC and younger brother of senior player Fineen Wycherley, who has also featured for Young Munster.

He made four appearances for Munster A in the 2018/19 Celtic Cup and was signed up to the Academy in November 2018.

Wycherley has represented Ireland at U18 and U19 level, is a former pupil of Cistercian College, Roscrea.

IRELAND U-20: Jake Flannery (Shannon/Munster); Conor Phillips (Young Munster/Munster), Liam Turner (Dublin University/Leinster), David Hawkshaw (Clontarf/Leinster) (capt), Jonathan Wren (Cork Constitution/Munster); Harry Byrne (Lansdowne/Leinster), Cormac Foley (St. Mary’s College/Leinster); Josh Wycherley (Young Munster/Munster), Dylan Tierney-Martin (Corinthians/Connacht), Thomas Clarkson (Dublin University/Leinster), Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster), Niall Murray (Buccaneers/Connacht), Martin Moloney (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Scott Penny (UCD/Leinster), John Hodnett (UCC/Munster). Replacements used: Colm Reilly (Buccaneers/Connacht) for Reilly, Michael Milne (UCD/Leinster) for Wycherley, John McKee (Old Belvedere/Leinster) for Tierney-Martin (all 62 mins), David McCann (Banbridge/Ulster) for Penny (63), Rob Russell (Dublin University/Leinster) for McPhillips (64). Not used: Luke Masters (Shannon/Munster), Brian Deeny (Clontarf/Leinster), Sean French (Cork Constitution/Munster).