Three Connacht players named for U20 Scotland clash

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Three Connacht players named for U20 Scotland clash

Three Galway players have been named to the Irish U20 starting lineup for Friday’s clash against Scotland in Glasgow.

John Devine and Fiachna Barrett, who play for the Corinthians and Connacht, and Hugh Gavin of the Galwegians and provincial team will be part of Ireland starting XV.

Barrett, who is starting for the first time in the Championship, is one of three changes made to the squad that beat Italy in Round 3, along with Evan O’Connell and Andrew Osborne.

Henry McErlean, Osborne and Hugh Gavin make up the back three, with John Devine and Hugh Cooney retained in midfield.

Sam Prendergast, Player of the Match in the wins over France and Italy, is named to start at out-half, with Fintan Gunne at scrum-half.

Connacht prop Barrett comes into the front row alongside George Hadden and captain Gus McCarthy, with Munster’s O’Connell joining the ever-present Conor O’Tighearnaigh in the second row.

The back row of James McNabney, Ruadhán Quinn and Brian Gleeson remains unchanged.

Commenting ahead of the trip to Scotland, Head Coach Richie Murphy said they are continuing to build and evolve each week.

“We hope to bring our performance to a new level on Friday night, with Scotland set to pose a considerable challenge at their home ground.”