England and Australia Under 20’s exchange one of the most brutal scrum battles we’ve ever seen
This is one of the best things we’ve seen all week. Look at the power of the scrum, and you can tell that the crowd is absolutely loving it. We’ve seen some BIG scrums in the past but this scrum is brilliant because it’s the new generation embracing it.
Look at the aggression from both teams after it ends as well. Full chub kinda stuff.
CREDIT: England Rugby
In other news: Ireland Under 20’s name team for Italy
Ireland U20 Head Coach Noel McNamara has confirmed the starting XV to take on Italy tomorrow in his side’s final Pool B game of the World Rugby U20 World Championships.
The game takes place at the Club de Rugby Atheneo Immaculada in Santa Fe, kicking off at 2.30pm (Irish time), 10.30am (local).
The side, sponsored by PwC, sees a number of changes from the side that lost out to Australia on Saturday.
In the front-row, Josh Wycherley start alongside John McKee and Michael Milne.
Thomas Aherne comes into the second-row alongside Ryan Baird.
The back-row consists of David McCann, Ciaran Booth and Azur Allison.
Colm Reilly starts at scrum-half alongside Ben Healy who lines out at out-half.
Cormac Foley is named at centre alongside Liam Turner who will captain the side.
The back-three sees Rob Russell and Angus Kernohan on the wings, with Jake Flannery at full-back.
John Hodnett (knee) and Stewart Moore (shoulder) have returned home due to injury and are replaced in the squad by Shannon’s Luke Clohessy and UCD’s David Ryan and they are named amongst the replacements.
Ronan Watters is following return to play protocols after a head injury sustained against Australia and is therefore not available for selection for tomorrow’s game.
Ahead of the final Pool game, McNamara said;
“We are proud of the effort the players put in on Saturday against Australia given the circumstances, and the character they showed throughout the contest has to be commended. We have no doubt that they will dig deep again on Wednesday against the Italians.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, Italy have been, and are a very good side and they showed that against England on Saturday. They have been consistently competitive at this tournament over the last number of years.