Waterford giant looks to prune England’s Roses with Triple Crown on the line
Waterford’s hugely impressive young second-row Thomas Ahern faces into possibly the biggest challenge of this season’s U20’s rugby Six Nations championship.
Ahearn and an exciting Ireland team travel to England to take on the unbeaten Red Roses, with a Triple Crown on the line for Ireland.
The towering 19-year-old, 110kg 6ft 9 lock has received rave reviews for his performances so far and was a stand-out performer in both of Ireland’s wins, a 38 -26 victory over the Scots which he capped off with a try of his own and a 36-22 win over the Welsh last time out.
His fearsome attitude to the breakdown and handling skills sees him get the nod once more to start in the engine room of the Irish pack tonight against an English team high on confidence after two narrow away wins over Scotland and a last gasp victory over France.
Ahern, who began his rugby career at Waterpark Rugby Club and currently lines out for Shannon in Limerick has yet again been handed the number five jersey for tonight’s match against the English at Franklin Garden’s in Northampton and a big match is needed from the big man to repel a massive English pack.
The match kicks off at 7.15pm. The match is live on SkySports Mix at 7.35pm this evening.