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Oisin Doherty

Meet the 145kg 18-year-old French star Ireland are set to face in U20 World Rugby Championship final

Ireland have battled tragedy to reach the final of the U20 World Rugby Championship and are now just one game away from a massive tournament win.

The desperately tragic deaths of two leaving cert students in Greece from St Michael's College, a school which six members of the U20 team attended, hit Richie Murphy's panel hard, as did the death of Greig Oliver, whose son Jack is a member of the squad .

Despite these tragedies, Ireland have made their way to a World Cup final and will take on France in the decider on Friday.

READ MORE: Ireland v France date, kick-off time, TV channel and stream information and more for the World Rugby U20 Championship final

When the game kicks off, Ireland will undoubtedly be keeping tabs on Posolo Tuilagi. The 18-year-old lock is a behemoth of a man and weighs a staggering 145kg at just 18 years of age.

The youngster has already made 16 professional appearances for Top 14 side Perpignan and made his debut for the French U20 side at this year's Six Nations.

He burst onto the scene at this tournament by scoring a brace against New Zealand a couple of weeks ago.

The fearsome second row, whose uncle is Manu Tuilagi of England fame, will be key to any French success this weekend and on Off The Ball, Alan Quinlan spoke about the gigantic youngster.

Posolo Tuilagi of France and Rekeiti Ma'asi-White of England (©INPHO/Andrew Fosker)

He said: "They've brought in a few players. Posolo Tuilagi, he's only 18 and he's 145 kilos. He's in the second row. He's the son of Henry Tuilagi who played for Perpignan in France.

"Big man is an understatement."

Quinlan isn't the only person wary of the threat that is posed by Tuilagi. On the Second Captains podcast, hosts Simon Hick and Ciaran Murphy went into detail on the gigantic lock.

"We're playing France in the final, they've got some size about them as well," began Murphy.

"Jesus, this guy Posolo Tuilagi, he's the son of Henry. He's 145kg at 18 years of age. Will Skelton is 140kgs and he's considered maybe the biggest rugby player ever that's good," said Hick.

"I actually looked up 145kg in stone and Google answered me in tonnes instead. He's 3/20ths of a tonne."

Ireland take on France in South Africa at the Athlone Stadium on Friday evening.

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