It’s a big weekend for Ireland in the Six Nations.
As well as Joe Schmidt’s men facing France at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, Ireland’s Under 20s also take on their French counterparts in Donnybrook tonight.
Nigel Carolan’s youngsters have two wins from their opening two games against Scotland and Italy, and lie second in the Under 20s RBS Six Nations table on 8 points, behind England.
As we reach the midway point of the campaign, here are five Irish players who have impressed so far:
Leinster A winger Larmour starred for Ireland’s Under 20s in their victory away to Italy last time out, going over for two tries in the 27-26 win in Prato.
The 19 year old has already caught the eye of Leinster head coach Leo Cullen and of Joe Schmidt, who invited Larmour to train with the senior Irish squad last autumn.
The St Andrews man is a huge prospect, with his bustling energy, direct running and speed causing problems for the opposition.
We look forward to seeing plenty more of him in the years to come!
Johnny Mc Phillips
Out-half McPhillips will miss tonight's clash with France due to a groin injury, which is a blow to Carolan.
He has been a key player in the two games to date this year, with 20 points to his name in the tournament so far.
The Ulster man is one of just three players in his second year with the Under 20s squad, alongside Cillian Gallagher and John Foley, and McPhillips’ experience has been vital.
He put in a Man of the Match performance in the opening round win away to Scotland, with his kicking out of hand proving crucial, as Ireland came from behind to claim victory.
McPhillips kicked what proved to be the winning score on the night- a conversion after Paul Boyle’s try.
The 19 year old has emerged as a key player- and is certainly one to watch for the future. He should be fit to face Wales in the next game.
Leinster man Kelly was named the captain for this Under 20s campaign, but missed out on the second game against Italy with a shoulder injury, which will also see him miss tonight's game.
The St Michaels full back is another youngster tipped for big things, and was invited to train with the senior Ireland squad last autumn, alongside Larmour, before the historic win over the All Blacks in Chicago.
Kelly is hoping to be fit to return against Wales.
Number 8 Doris is seen as another star for the future for both Leinster and Ireland.
He skippered the Under 18s during their Five Nations campaign last year, notching a hat-trick against Scotland.
The Blackrock man also impressed with his tireless carrying in the opening round win over Scotland.
Munster second row Fineen Wycherley stood out in the opening day clash with Scotland, with some impressive carrying helping Nigel Carolan’s men to a crucial win.
The Leinster Senior Cup medal winner with Roscrea made his long-awaited Ireland bow in that game- and didn’t disappoint.
Plenty is expected of the 19 year old, both with Ireland and Munster.
Such has been his impact in recent months, Wycherley will miss tonight's game in Donnybrook, as he has been brought into the Munster squad for their Guinness Pro12 clash with Ospreys this weekend!
He’s clearly catching the eye of Munster’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus, so we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for him in the months and years to come!
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