Ireland U20s reach first ever World final

Ireland U20s reach first ever World final

Ireland – 37
Argentina – 7

Ireland have reached their first ever World Rugby U20 Championship final, after thumping Argentina by thirty points in the semi-final.

The side, who made history earlier on in the competition by beating New Zealand for the first time ever, were awaiting the result from England and South Africa’s semi-final on Monday evening to see who they would face in the final.

The boys in green scored three tries in the first half, through a Jacob Stockdale brace and a Max Deegan five-pointer gave them a 21-0 lead.

Argentina managed to steal a try just before the break, but Ireland would negate it with a converted try through Shane Daly to give them a historic 37-7 victory.

Ireland U20s reach first ever World final

Front rowers Andrew Porter, Adam McBurney and Ben Betts all returned to the starting lineup, as did captain James Ryan, who recovered from the thigh injury that kept him out of the Georgia match. He was joined in the second row by Cashel clubman Sean O’Connor.

The back row comprised of Max Deegan at number 8 and flankers David Aspil and Greg Jones. UCD talent Jones will be made his fourth start of the Championship.

Sligo’s Stephen Kerins donned the number 9 jersey and was partnered at half-back by Ulster Academy member Johnny McPhillips, who scored 18 points against the Georgians.

Conor O’Brien and Shane Daly resumed their centre partnership, and the back-three was made up of full-back Jacob Stockdale and Matthew Byrne and Hugo Keenan on the wings.

Stockdale (2) and Keenan scored three of Ireland’s 10 tries during the pool stages. The final is to be played this Saturday at 7pm in the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford.

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