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Portlaoise man in line to win first Irish U-20 rugby cap

Sean Masterson in action for Connacht U-19s earlier this season

Portlaoise man Sean Masterson has been included in the Ireland U-20 rugby squad for Friday night’s Six Nations clash with France in Donnybrook.

Masterson hasn’t been involved with the matchday squad for either of the first two games against Scotland and Italy, both won by Ireland. But he’s now in line to win his first cap should he be introduced as a replacement.

Masterson, who is from Colliers Lane in Portlaoise, began his underage career with Portlaoise before getting a place in the Connacht Academy. His brother Eoghan is on the Connacht senior squad but represented Scotland at U-20 level because their father is Scottish.

Offaly’s Jack Regan – son of former All Ireland winning hurler Daithi Regan – wins his first cap in the second row.

A point of interest on the French team is that 17-year-old out-half Romain Ntamack is a son of former French international winger Emile Ntamack.

The game against France kicks off at 8pm and is live on RTE2.

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