Pictured at the PwC Ireland U20 Squad announcement for the 2017 World Rugby Championship are (l-r): Jack Kelly, U20 Player, Leinster; Feargal O'Rourke, PwC Managing Partner and sponsor; Paul Boyle, Captain, U20 Team, Leinster and Calvin Nash, U20 Player, Munster.
Ireland U20 head coach Peter Malone has named the PwC Ireland sponsored Ireland Under-20 squad for the World Rugby U20 Championships which take place in Georgia in May and June.
Ireland play their pool games in Kutaisi, before moving to Tbilisi for the knock-out stages.
Ireland are in Pool B and will play Italy, New Zealand and Scotland.
The 28-man squad will be captained by Lansdowne’s Paul Boyle.
At the squad announcement, PwC's managing partner Feargal O'Rourke said: "As a long-time sponsor of Irish Rugby, we're delighted to support the U20 team in this year's World Rugby Championship.
"The development of talent, collaborative teamwork and a pursuit of excellence are some of the core values of PwC, and are the hallmarks of this team. It is these shared values that have made our partnership with the IRFU so successful over the last 11 years.
"The team are great ambassadors for the country, for Irish Rugby and for PwC Ireland. We wish them the best of luck in Georgia in the upcoming games."
There are some new faces in the squad, with U19s players Jordan Duggan, Angus Curtis, David McCarthy, Alan Tynan and Michael Sylvester all being named.
At the announcement of the squad, 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’ve lost a number of players who were involved during the Six Nations through injury, so it’s very unlucky for those guys not to be involved, but it gives other players the chance to wear the green jersey on the world stage.
"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, 31 May, in the Kutaisi Stadium. They will then meet Scotland on Sunday, 4 June, 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, 8 June.
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)*
Ireland’s Pool B fixtures will be shown live on Eir Sport.
The tournament will also be shown on ITV and streamed via World Rugby.
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