Ireland’s U20s make rugby history by beating New Zealand


Irish Rugby

Ireland's Under-20s have become the first Irish men's side to ever beat New Zealand.

It's after they beat the reigning champions 33-24 in their second match of the World Championship in Manhcester this afternoon.

Leinster duo Greg Jones and Max Deegan went over for Ireland while Ulster's Adam McBurney also scored a try.

Munsterman Bill Johnston, who went off with a shoulder injury just before the break, with both conversions and two penalties.

Johnny McPhillips also kicked a conversion and two penalties for Ireland who now top Pool A.

Nigel Carolan's side, who also beat Grand Slam champions Wales in their opening game, will reach the semi-finals of the tournament if they beat Georgia.

Captain James Ryan was man of the match.