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Ireland make two changes for vital U20 Six Nations clash with England

Ireland head coach Richie Murphy has made just two changes to his starting XV for Thursday's U20 ...



Ireland head coach Richie Murphy has made just two changes to his starting XV for Thursday's U20 Six Nations clash with England. 

The game at Cardiff's Arms Park looks set to serve as a de facto Grand Slam decider, with both sides opening the campaign with back-to-back bonus point wins.

Leinster duo Temi Lasisi and Sam Illo come into the front row, either side of provincial teammate Ronan Loughnane.

They replace Jack Boyle and Mark Donnelly, who drop to the replacements' bench.

The team is captained again from the back row by Alex Kendellen.

"They’ve looked pretty sharp and looked pretty good, to be fair to them," said winger Ben Moxham regarding the England side, "They’ve taken their chances and they’ve scored some good tries.

“They’re definitely a good side. Probably the best side we’re going to face. They like to play. They like to kick and they’re physical as well.

“It’s a big test that we’re coming up against. They’ve won two games, two bonus points as well. Same as us. It’s all to play for.”

Ireland U20 team v England: 

15. Jamie Osborne (Naas CBS/Naas RFC/Leinster)
14. Ben Moxham (Larne High School/Ballymena RFC/Ulster)
13. Shane Jennings (Garbally College/Buccaneers RFC/Connacht)
12. Cathal Forde (Colaiste Iognaid/Galway Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
11. Chris Cosgrave (St. Michael’s College/UCD RFC/Leinster)
10. Tim Corkery (St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny/UCD RFC/Leinster)
9. Nathan Doak (Wallace High School/Banbridge RFC/Ulster)

1. Temi Lasisi (CBS Enniscorthy/Lansdowne FC/Leinster)
2. Ronan Loughnane (Cistercian College Roscrea/UCD RFC/Leinster)
3. Sam Illo (Wesley College/Old Wesley RFC/Leinster)
4. Alex Soroka (Belvedere College/Clontarf RFC/Leinster)
5. Harry Sheridan (Sullivan Upper School/Dublin University FC/Ulster)
6. Donnacha Byrne (Summerhill College/Sligo RFC/Connacht)
7. Oisin McCormack (Garbally College/Buccaneers RFC/Connacht)
8. Alex Kendellen (PBC Cork/UCC RFC/Munster) (capt)

Replacements:
16. Eoin de Buitléar (Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin/An Ghaeltacht/Galway Corinthians RFC/Connacht)
17. Jack Boyle (St. Michael’s College/UCD RFC/Leinster)
18. Mark Donnelly (CBC Cork/Garryowen FC/Munster)
19. Mark Morrissey (Blackrock College/UCD RFC/Leinster)
20. Reuben Crothers (Wallace High School/Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster)
21. Conor McKee (Sullivan Upper School/Queen’s University Belfast RFC/Ulster)
22. Ben Carson (Wallace High School/Banbridge RFC/Ulster)
23. Jude Postlethwaite (RBAI/Banbridge RFC/Ulster)
24. Jack Kelleher (PBC Cork/UCC RFC/Munster)
25. Daniel Okeke (Ardscoil Ris/Shannon RFC/Munster)
26. Chay Mullins (SGC Filton/Bristol Bears/IQ Rugby).

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