Sligo pair help Irish U20s to historic win over All-Blacks

Sligo’s Stephen Kerins and Cillian Gallagher played crucial roles as the Irish U20s defeated New Zealand by 33 points to 24 in their second game at the World Championships in Manchester on Saturday.


Kerins played the full game in the pivotal scrum-half position, while Gallagher featured for 77 minutes in the second row, as the team became the first Irish men’s team at any grade to overcome the All-Blacks.


A third Sligo player, Conan O’Donnell, would more than likely have featured as well had injury not ruled him out of the tournament.


Nigel Carolan’s side ran in three tries at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, and now know a defeat of Georgia in their final group game on Wednesday will see them top the table and qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.