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Ireland U20 vs France U20: World Cup Final Preview - Time, Channel, Team News, and More

 Ireland U20 vs France U20: World Cup Final Preview - Time, Channel, Team News, and More
Published 1 years ago on Jul 14, 2023

Ireland's U20 squad is set to face their French counterparts in the highly anticipated World Cup final this week. Here's everything you need to know about the game:

When and Where: The match will take place at the Athlone Sports Stadium in Cape Town, with kick-off scheduled for 6:00 PM Irish time on Friday.

Team News: Head coach Richie Murphy has made one change to the lineup, bringing back James McNabney as blindside flanker following his suspension for a high tackle earlier in the tournament. Diarmuid Mangan will shift from blindside flanker to second row.

Ireland Starting Lineup: H McErlean, A Osborne, H Gavin, J Devine, J Nicholson, S Prendergast, F Gunne; P McCarthy, G McCarthy, R Foxe, D Mangan, C O'Tighearnaigh, J McNabney, R Quinn, B Gleeson.

Where to Watch: The game will be broadcast live on Virgin Media Two. Additionally, the match will be streamed live on the Virgin Media Player and World Rugby's official YouTube channel.

Related Coverage: For in-depth coverage of the game, Independent.ie offers several articles. Sinéad Kissane provides a profile of team manager Richie Murphy, while Will Slattery penned an analysis piece following Ireland's victory over South Africa.

Odds: France enters the final as favorites with odds of 2/7, while Ireland is priced at 5/2. The odds for a draw after 80 minutes stand at 50/1.

Coach's Perspective: Richie Murphy shared his thoughts ahead of the final:

"The entire group is fully focused on delivering our best performance of the season on Friday night because we know we'll need it against a very strong France team. We have made significant progress throughout the tournament, but we must fine-tune all aspects of our game for the final.

"The players and staff are excited about the challenge ahead, and we are proud to represent Ireland in the World Rugby U20 Championship final. The incredible support we have received from our home country has been a tremendous boost for everyone involved. We will give our all to end the season on the highest note."

As the Ireland U20 team prepares to take on France in the World Cup final, fans eagerly await an intense and thrilling clash between these talented young sides.

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