68 points, ten tries and one red card – Ireland kick off U-20 World Cup with thrilling draw against England


Uniquely, it’s a World Cup where Ireland’s under-20s travelled with expectations of a podium finish. This opener against England in Paarl, near Cape Town, was a savagely contested Test after which both sides have one foot in limbo. Draws can do that to you.

For Richie Murphy, his side have lost a key man in Hugh Cooney, who was sent off on the home straight for a high challenge which left him needing a HIA. So the game against Australia on Thursday is a win or bust affair.

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