Allen Clarke makes two changes for the Under-20 Championship decider against Scotland
Allen Clarke has urged his Ireland Under-20 side to focus on the job in hand against their Scottish counterparts with the Championship on the line at Dubarry Park on Friday night.
Ireland boast a 17 points difference ahead of England with both team tied on six points and any win against the Scots should guarantee them the title.
After overcoming Wales 24-14, Clarke makes just two chances to the side, both in the backs, with Simon Zebo coming in for Darren Hudson on the wing while Brendan Macken is replaced by Eoin Griffin at outside centre.
But Clarke warned his young team that they cannot afford to take their eye off the ball with Scotland looking for their second win of the Championship.
He said: “The players are aware of the consequences of Friday's game and the opportunity as a result of the performances to date.
“However the approach is to focus on the things which we can control. In simple terms respecting the opposition in preparing for 'another test match' with the same diligence, concentration and desire to improve individually and collectively, while ensuring rest and enjoyment at the appropriate times.
“The mood in the camp is good and there is a real sense of desire to deliver the required performance in what will be another tough encounter against Scotland.”
Ireland U20 team:
15 - Andrew Conway (Blackrock College/Leinster)
14 - Tiernan O'Halloran (Galwegians/Connacht)
13 - Eoin Griffin (Corinthians/Connacht)
12 - Nevin Spence (Ballynahinch/Ulster)
11 - Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)
10 - James McKinney (Queen's University/Ulster)
9 - John Cooney (UCD /Leinster)
1 - Jack O'Connell (Lansdowne/Leinster)
2 -Niall Annett (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
3 -Stewart Maguire (Old Belvedere/ Leinster)
4 -David O'Callaghan (UCC/Munster)
5 - Ben Marshall (UCD/Leinster)
6 - Rhys Ruddock (UCD/Leinster) (Capt.)
7 - Dominic Ryan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
8 - Patrick Butler (Shannon/Munster)
16 - Risteard Byrne (UCD/Leinster)
17 - Bryan Cagney (UCC/Munster)
18 - Brian Hayes (Cork Constitution/Munster)
19 - Robin O'Sullivan (Bective Rangers/Leinster)
20 - Michael Heaney (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
21 - Gareth Quinn McDonogh (Shannon/ Munster)
22 - Brendan Macken (Blackrock/Leinster)