Friday 20 September 2019

Josh all set for All Blacks encounter

Josh Murphy in line-out action against Argentina
Josh Murphy in line-out action against Argentina

Enniscorthy's Josh Murphy will be hoping to lead the way for Ireland's historic game against New Zealand in the World Rugby Under-20 championship pool decider in Viadana this Wednesday evening.

Having already disposed of Argentina 18-16, followed up by a 24-20 victory over Scotland, Ireland have now set up a pool showdown with the All Blacks side.

Murphy has played the two full games in their victories to date from the openside wing-forward position and is sure to figure prominently in this final group game clash.

New Zealand have also won both of their games, hammering Scotland 68-10, but they looked far from invincible in scoring a penalty two minutes from time to take a 32-29 victory over Argentina. Ireland performed similar heroics to pip the South Americans with a penalty with the last kick.

Ireland have now put themselves in a position to qualify for the semi-finals. Murphy has hugely impressed in both of his games and is sure to make an impact in this crucial clash.

Wexford People