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What are the teams for Ireland Under-20s v England Under-20s

What are the teams for Ireland Under-20s v England Under-20s

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Just four points separate England and Ireland ahead of a mouth-watering Grand Slam decider in Round 5 of the 2023 Under-20s Six Nations. 

England need a bonus-point win against Ireland and Wales to beat France to stand any chance of leapfrogging both sides into first place. 

If Ireland win, they will sweep the Triple Crown, a historic second Grand Slam in a row, and the 2023 Under-20s Six Nations. 

England will hope to put last week’s 42-7 defeat at home against France while Ireland are flying following their emphatic 82-7 win against Scotland in Round 4.

So, let’s take a look at the teams for this crucial encounter. 

Where to watch:

Kick-off comes at 5pm on Sunday March 19 at Musgrave Park and the action is live on BBC iPlayer and RTÉ 2.

Ireland Team News

In the only change to the back line, James Nicholson comes in on the wing for Andrew Osborne, who drops to the bench, while Henry McErlean and Hugh Gavin return to complete the back three. 

Hugh Cooney and John Devine partner up in the centres once again, with the now-established half-back duo of the talismanic Sam Prendergast and Fintan Gunne set to start. 

In the forwards, George Hadden and Gus McCarthy start in the front row, with Fiachna Barrett, who was outstanding against Scotland, dropping to the bench in place of Paddy McCarthy. 

Conor O’Tighearnaigh returns to the engine room and this time is partnered by Diarmuid Mangan. 

And the back row remains exactly the same, with James McNabney, Ruadhán Quinn and Brian Gleeson all set to start. 

Ireland Under-20s Starting XV to face England: 15 Henry McErlean, 14. James Nicholson, 13. Hugh Cooney, 12. John Devine, 11. Hugh Gavin, 10. Sam Prendergast, 9. Fintan Gunne; 1. George Hadden, 2. Gus McCarthy (captain), 3. Paddy McCarthy, 4. Diarmuid Mangan, 5. Conor O’Tighearnaigh, 6. James McNabney, 7. Ruadhán Quinn, 8. Brian Gleeson 

Replacements: 16. Danny Sheahan, 17. George Morris, 18. Fiachna Barrett, 19. Joe Hopes, 20. Liam Molony, 21. Oscar Cawley, 22. Harry West, 23. Andrew Osborne

England Team News

Dickens has handed a start to winger Cassius Cleaves, with Josh Hathaway dropping out of the squad, but Sam Harris and Tobias Elliott both return to complete the back three. 

Joe Jenkins drops to the bench, meaning Rekeiti Ma’asi-White and Joseph Woodward will link up in the centres, while Charlie Bracken and Monty Bradbury return at nine and ten. 

In the only change to the front row, Afolabi Fasogbon comes into the side ahead of Tim Hoyt, who is on the bench. 

In the engine room, captain Lewis Chessum is back, but Danny Eite gets the nod ahead of Robert Carmichael. 

And in the back row, Finn Carnduff and Greg Fisilau return at flanker as Chandler Cunningham-South gets the start at No.8. 

England Under-20s Starting XV to face Ireland: 15. Sam Harris 14. Cassius Cleaves, 13. Rekeiti Ma’asi-White, 12. Joseph Woodward, 11. Tobias Elliott, 10. Monty Bradbury, 9. Charlie Bracken; 1. Archie McArthur, 2. Finn Theobald-Thomas, 3. Afolabi Fasogbon, 4. Danny Eite, 5. Lewis Chessum, 6. Finn Carnduff, 7. Greg Fisilau, 8. Chandler Cunningham-South 

Replacements 16. Nathan Jibulu, 17. Asher Opoku-Fordjour, 18. Tim Hoyt, 19. Robert Carmichael, 20. Tristan Woodman, 21. Nye Thomas, 22. Sam Worsley, 23. Joe Jenkins