Ireland U21s side o face Italy U21s
February 19, 2003

There are three new faces in the Ireland Under-21 side to face Italy Under-21s on Friday night in Viadana.

Injuries to Lansdowne prop and Irish captain John Lyne as well as fly-half Conor O'Loughlin of Buccaneers during the 13-5 defeat to Scotland last Friday mean starts this weekend for Eugene McGovern of Old Crescent and Glasgow Hawks' Michael Rainey.

Neil McComb of Dundee High School also comes into the second row.


T Bowe (Queens University); R Lane (UCC), B Murphy, K Matthews (UL Bohs), D Warwick (Newport); M Rainey (Glasgow), F O'Loughlin (Shannon); E McGovern (Old Crescent), R Best (Belfast Harlequins), J Moran (UCD), D Gannon (UCD), N McComb (Dundee High School), J Muldoon (Galwegians), N Ronan (Lansdowne), S Keogh (UCC, capt)

Replacements: K Corrigan (UCD), D Fitzpatrick (Belfast Harlequins), S O'Connor (Cork Constitution), C Potts (St Mary's), R Shaw (Wasps), D McAllister (Terenure College), J Hearty (UCD)

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