The Ireland U20 rugby team were unable to reach the semi-final stage of the World Championships in Georgia before a ball was kicked this morning, after back to back defeats to Italy and Scotland, but they wouldn't have wanted to bow out in the manner in which they did.
New Zealand ran riot in Kutaisi today, hammering Ireland 69-3 after Ireland took an early lead through the boot of Conor Fitzgerald. That's as good as it good for Ireland as the Baby Blacks on the other hand ran in 11 tries, and showed their class from start to finish.
In front of a large crowd in Georgia, on a day of sweltering heat, Ireland bow out after a campaign that saw them narrowly lose to both Italy (22-21) and Scotland (32-28). The gulf in class against the All Blacks was evident today and Peter Malone's side now prepare to make the long journey home.
15. Alan Tynan (Young Munster/ Munster)
14. Michael Silvester (Dublin University/Leinster)
13. Jack Kelly (Dublin University/ Leinster) Capt.
12. David McCarthy (Garryowen/Munster)
11. Liam Coombes (Garryowen/Munster)
10. Conor Fitzgerald (Shannon/Munster)
9. Jonny Stewart (Queen’s University/ Ulster)
1. Joey Conway (UL Bohemians/Munster)
2. Adam Moloney (Shannon/Munster)
3. Greg McGrath (Lansdowne/ Leinster)
4. Gavin Coombes (Young Munster/ Munster)
5. Jack Regan (UCD/ Leinster)
6. Marcus Rea (Queen’s University/Ulster)
7. John Foley (Shannon/Munster)
8. Sean Masterson (Corinthians/ Connacht)