An extended Ireland Under-20 squad of 32 players has been named by the ahead of the World Rugby U-20 Championship in Argentina next month.
The announcement took place at the Dublin offices of team sponsor PwC who last month hosted a day of engagement with the group of players that covered areas ranging from life balance to understanding different personality types and managing your own reputation on social media.
Ireland go into the World Cup off the back of a superb Grand Slam victory earlier in the year
The tournament will take place from June 4 to 22, with McNamara’s charges playing their Pool B games in Santa Fe to the North West of Buenos Aires.
The first game will be against England, on the opening day of the tournament. That game will take place at 7-30 Irish time.
Ireland’s games will be broadcast live on eir Sport and it will be possible to watch a World Rugby stream of all games from Argentina.
Ireland’s two other matches take place on Saturday 8th June against Australia and on Wednesday 12th against Italy.
The Final will be on Saturday, 22nd June.
Ireland’s best previous performance at the tournament was making it to the final in England in 2016 when we were beaten by the hosts.
The squad will be captained by UCD and Leinster lock Charlie Ryan, with Shannon and Munster scrum-half Craig Casey selected as vice-captain. Ryan took over the captaincy from the injured David Hawkshaw (knee) for Ireland’s closing Six Nations wins over France and Wales.
“We have had some really positive sessions since the Six Nations,” said Head Coach Noel McNamara yesterday.
“We have another camp coming up next week we will continue to build on preparations ahead of the first game against England.”
“As long-standing partners of Irish Rugby, we’re delighted to support the Ireland Under-20 team in this year’s World Rugby U-20 Championship in Argentina,” said PwC Partner Paraic Joyce.
“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 14 years.”
“Following a momentous Six Nations Grand Slam, all of us here in PwC are confident that the team will put their best foot forward on the world stage. The team are excellent ambassadors for the country, for Irish Rugby and for PwC Ireland. We wish them the best of luck in Argentina in the upcoming games.”