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Brown, Betts and Johnston in Irish u20 squad

THREE local players have been named in the Irish under 20 squad that will take part in the World Rugby Under 20 Championships in England next month.
Included are Shannon’s Kelvin Brown (pictured), Young Munster prop Benjamin Betts and Garryowen backliner Bill Johnston. Shane Fenton of Young Munster misses out through injury. Munster have eight players in the squad of 28.
The IRFU have also announced that PwC have renewed their sponsorship with them up to 2020.
Kelvin Brown has been doing well with Shannon in the AO: 1B all season while Young Munter’s Ben Betts is highly regarded in Greenfields with one of their coaching staff predicting that he will be ‘the next Peter Clohessy.’
Bill Johnston 19, is very happy man to be back in the fold following his rehab from a shoulder injury and missing out on the 6N. The Clonmel native has been playing rugby since U8 coached by his father, then off to Rockwell and has graduated to the Munster academy to keep the Tipperary flag flying. He only played a few games early in the season for Garryowen and then four games for Mick O”Driscoll in Munster A. The British & Irish Cup has given him a taste of senior rugby. He is following in the foosteps of clubmate Conor Murray and his talent is such that coach Nigel Carolan held his position open until after he proved his rehab was successful.
He did play in the recent preparation game against Muster A and came through it successfully to book his place on the plane for Manchester. He is uncapped and did not play against Wales in the 6N defeat so it is fresh ground for him. Wales are first up in this championship for Ireland and are the current 6n grand slam winners. Current champions New Zealand provide the opposition in the second game just four days later.
The tournament takes place in Manchester from the 7th – 25th June and Ireland share Pool A with Wales, New Zealand and Georgia.
They will open their campaign against Six Nations Grand-Slam winners Wales on Tuesday 7th June in the Manchester City Academy Stadium. They then face last year’s U20 Championship winners New Zealand and their final Pool A game is against Georgia.
Ireland U-20 Squad (World Rugby, Under-20 Championship Squad 2016)
Forwards (16):
Andrew Porter (UCD / Leinster)
James Bollard (DUFC (Trinity College) / Leinster)
Vakh Abdaladze (Clontarf / Leinster)*
Adam McBurney (Ballymena / Ulster)
Vincent O’Brien (Cork Con / Munster)*
Conor Kenny (Buccaneers / Connacht)
Benn Betts (Young Munster / Munster)
Cillian Gallagher (Sligo / Connacht)
James Ryan (Lansdowne / Leinster) (Capt.)
Sean O’Connor (Cashel / Munster)
Evan Mintern (Cork Con / Munster)*
Greg Jones (UCD / Leinster)
Will Connors (UCD / Leinster)
Max Deegan (Lansdowne / Leinster)
Kelvin Brown (Shannon / Munster)
David Aspil (UCD / Leinster)*
Backs (12):
Stephen Kerins (Sligo / Connacht)
Niall Saunders (Epsom College)
Bill Johnston (Garryowen / Munster)*
Johnny McPhillips (QUB / Ulster)
Conor O’Brien (Clontarf / Leinster)
Shane Daly (Cork Con / Munster)
Jimmy O’Brien (UCD / Leinster
Paul Kiernan (UCC / Munster)
Jacob Stockdale (Belfast Harlequins / Ulster)
Terry Kennedy (St. Mary’s / Leinster)
Hugo Keenan (UCD / Leinster)
Matthew Byrne (Terenure / Leinster)
*Denotes uncapped player at U20 level
Not Considered due to injury:
Conan O’Donnell (Sligo / Connacht)
Shane Fenton (Young Munster / Munster)
Peter Claffey (Galwegians / Connacht)
Sam Arnold (Ballynahinch / Ulster)
Jack Power (UCD / Leinster)
Ireland U20 World Rugby Championship Fixtures
Pool A
Wales v Ireland
Manchester City Academy Stadium
Tuesday 7th June, 2016
KO: 17:30
New Zealand v Ireland
Manchester City Academy Stadium
Saturday 11th June, 2016
KO: 13:30
Ireland v Georgia
Manchester City Academy Stadium
Wednesday 15th June, 2016
KO: 17:30
Semi-Finals
Manchester City Academy Stadium OR AJ Bell Stadium, Salford
Monday 20th June 2016
Play-Offs
Manchester City Academy Stadium OR AJ Bell Stadium, Salford
Saturday 25th June 2016
Ireland’s Pool A fixtures will be shown live on TG4.
The tournament will also be shown on Sky Sports and streamed via World Rugby

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