Last weekend saw the beginning of many of the northern hemisphere’s pre-Rugby World Cup campaigns. One of these games took place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. With Joe Schmidt’s Ireland playing Six Nations rivals, Italy.
With a place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the line in Colomiers, Talking Rugby Union will be in France for the event and with some of the World Series’ biggest names taking part, Joe Harvey has penned his preview ahead of this weekend’s action.
Ireland U20 lock Ryan Baird has been cleared to face Italy in the third round of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Buenos Aires despite a red-card incident during the game against Australia last weekend.
David McCann scored a hat-trick while Ben Healy contributed with 13 points as Ireland went on to beat England 26-42 in the opening round of the World Rugby U20 Championship at Club De Rugby Ateneo Inmaculada.