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Ethan Coughlan starts at scrum half on Friday.

Ennis rugby player starts for U20s against France


CLARE’S Ethan Coughlan has made the starting 15 for Friday’s U20 Six Nations Round 2 clash against France in Aix-en-Provence.

Head Coach Richie Murphy has named the Ireland Match Day squad, has made four changes in personnel to his starting XV from last weekend’s bonus point win over Wales in Cork, with Aitzol King, Daniel Hawkshaw, Coughlan and Rory McGuire coming into the side for the trip to France.

Tony Butler and Conor Moloney are named among the replacements for the match.

Commenting ahead of the game, Murphy said: “We were pleased with the performance and result in Round 1, but we’ve had to turn the page quickly ahead of a big challenge on Friday night.

“The players acquitted themselves well last week and we have been able to focus on the areas of our game that need refinement this week. There is no greater test than going away to France and the group are excited about that challenge.”

Friday’s game is live on Virgin Media Two from 7.30pm Irish time.

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