Letterkenny man Joe Dunleavy is set to start for the Ireland U20s tomorrow night in the opening game of the World Rugby U20s Championship.
Dunleavy has been named in the back row by Head Coach Noel McNamara as Ireland face the hosts, France at Stade Aime-Giral in Perpignan.
Dunleaby, who now plays for Malone, as well as Ulster, gets the nod with Ireland also set to face Georgia and South Africa.
Speaking ahead of the game, McNamara said “There has been a great build up to this game, with positive work done both at home and since we arrived here in France and everyone is looking forward to getting the tournament underway.
We know from the Six Nations how vocal and passionate the French fans are and there’s no doubt that there will be a fantastic atmosphere in Perpignan tomorrow night.
The players have worked hard and they know the task ahead, so for them it’s about focusing on their roles and going out there and playing with conviction.”
The match, which kicks off at 8pm Irish time, will be broadcast live by Eir Sport in the Republic of Ireland and online in non-geoblocked locations via World Rugby’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/WordlRugby and website www.worldrugby.org