Ireland back-row John Hodnett, centre, pictured after their thrilling U20 World Cup victory over England in Argentina on Tuesday evening
MUNSTER players had a starring role as the Ireland U20s side ran in six tries in easing past England U20s 42-26 in their opening round World Rugby Under-20 World Championships pool fixture in Santa Fe, Argentina on Tuesday evening.
Grand Slam champions Ireland outscored their opponents by six tries to three to get their campaign off to the best possible start.
England played the final quarter with 14 men after picking up a red card, while the losing side also had two sent to the sin-bin either side of half-time.
Shannon out-half Jake Flannery crossed for Ireland's first try in the 11th minute before adding the extras himself, while a Stewart Moore try saw Noel McNamara's side take a 14-13 lead at the break.
A superb Ireland side, led by vice-captain Craig Casey, of Shannon at scrum-half, added four more tries after the break, including a brace from flanker David McCann, while replacement Ben Healy, of Garryowen, and his Munster team mate John Hodnett also touched down to seal a famous win.
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England U20s 26-35 IRELAND U20s
Ben Healy scores in the left corner for Ireland from a Craig Casey pass, and Healy himself kicks the extras from the touchline.
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Flannery also kicked two conversions for Ireland, while former Glenstal Abbey star Healy landed three conversions.
Ireland's victory also included an impressive showing from powerful Young Munster prop Josh Wycherley. Shannon's Thomas Ahern was among the Ireland replacements for the game.
This was the Ireland U-20s second win of the season over England whom they defeated 35-27 during their Grand Slam-winning run in Cork in February.
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11 mins: England U20s 10-7 IRELAND U20s
Jake Flannery goes over, and the try is awarded after referee Damon Murphy confirms with the TMO that there was no knock-on.
Flannery adds the extras.
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Next up for Ireland is a crucial fixture with another side to score an impressive opening day win, Australia. The game takes place on Saturday at 2.30pm Irish time.
IRELAND U-20: Iwan Hughes (Ballynahinch/Ulster); Angus Kernohan (Queen's University/Ulster), Liam Turner (Dublin University/Leinster), Stewart Moore (Malone/Ulster), Jonathan Wren (Cork Constitution/Munster); Jake Flannery (Shannon/Munster), Craig Casey (Shannon/Munster); Josh Wycherley (Young Munster/Munster), Dylan Tierney-Martin (Corinthians/Connacht), Thomas Clarkson (Dublin University/Leinster), Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster) (capt), Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster), David McCann (Banbridge/Ulster), John Hodnett (UCC/Munster), Azur Allison (Ballymena/Ulster). Replacements: Declan Adamson (Clontarf/Leinster), Michael Milne (UCD/Leinster), Charlie Ward (Clontarf/Leinster), John McKee (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Ronan Watters (St. Mary's College/Leinster), Niall Murray (Buccaneers/Connacht), Thomas Ahern (Shannon/Munster), Ciaran Booth (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby), Colm Reilly (Buccaneers/Connacht), Cormac Foley (St. Mary's College/Leinster), Ben Healy (Garryowen/Munster), Sean French (Cork Constitution/Munster), Rob Russell (Dublin University/Leinster).
ENGLAND U-20: Tom de Glanville (Bath); Ollie Sleightholme (Northampton Saints), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints) (capt), Cameron Redpath (Sale Sharks), Tom Seabrook (Gloucester); Manu Vunipola (Saracens), Ollie Fox (Bath); Olly Adkins (Gloucester), Nic Dolly (Sale Sharks), Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers), Joel Kpoku (Saracens), Alex Coles (Northampton Saints), Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors), Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester), Tom Willis (Wasps). Replacements: Alfie Barbeary (Wasps/Bloxham School), Kai Owen (Worcester Warriors), Alfie Petch (Exeter Chiefs), Will Capon (Bristol Bears), James Kenny (Exeter Chiefs), Richard Capstick (Exeter Chiefs), Rusiate Tuima (Exeter Chiefs), Josh Basham (Newcastle Falcons), Sam Maunder (Exeter Chiefs), Luke James (Sale Sharks), Connor Doherty (Sale Sharks), Arron Reed (Sale Sharks), Josh Hodge (Newcastle Falcons).
REFEREE: Damon Murphy (Australia)