Ireland U20s miss out on World Championship semis despite win over Italy

The Irish Under 20’s rugby team have failed to reach the last four of the World Championship despite gaining a bonus point in their 38-14 win over Italy, the semi-final line up will see hosts Argentina play Australia and South Africa take on France. Ireland will play England and Wales meet New Zealand next Monday to decide on who finishes 5th to 8th.

Noel McNamara’s side started the tournament with a bang, defeating England 42-26. But a 45-17 loss to Australia put Ireland’s hopes in doubt.

Connacht’s Colm Reilly started at scrum-half, while Niall Murray came on after 10 minutes due to a shocking injury to Ciaran Booth and Dylan Tierney-Martin was introduced 50 minutes in.

William Davies reports…

IRELAND U-20: Jake Flannery (Shannon/Munster); Angus Kernohan (Queen’s University/Ulster), Liam Turner (Dublin University/Leinster) (capt), Cormac Foley (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Rob Russell (Dublin University/Leinster); Ben Healy (Garryowen/Munster), Colm Reilly (Buccaneers/Connacht); Josh Wycherley (Young Munster/Munster), John McKee (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Michael Milne (UCD/Leinster), Thomas Ahern (Shannon/Munster), Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster), David McCann (Banbridge/Ulster), Ciaran Booth (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby), Azur Allison (Ballymena/Ulster).

Replacements used: Niall Murray (Buccaneers/Connacht) for Booth (11 mins), Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster) for Ahern (32), Jonathan Wren (Cork Constitution/Munster) for Kernohan (40+2), Thomas Clarkson (Dublin University/Leinster) for Wycherley (44), Dylan Tierney-Martin (Corinthians/Connacht) for McKee (51), Luke Clohessy (Shannon/Munster) for McCann (59), David Ryan (UCD/Leinster) for Foley, Max O’Reilly (Dublin University/Leinster) for Flannery (both 76).

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