Nigel Carolan’s made five changes to his Ireland Under 20s side for Friday night’s Six Nations clash with France in Donnybrook.
Rob Lyttle comes into the team at full-back, in place of Colm Hogan. He will be joined in the back three by the retained Jordan Larmour and Calvin Nash, who will captain the side in the absence of the injured Jack Kelly and Cillian Gallagher.
Tommy O'Brien comes into the midfield in place of Gavin Mullin, who misses out with a hamstring injury.
He will be alongside his Leinster team mate Ciaran Frawley in the centre.
A groin injury keeps Johnny McPhillips out, so Munster’s Bill Johnston starts at Number 10, with Johnny Stewart starting alongside him in the half back line.
The front-row remains unchanged from the win over Italy last time out, with Joey Conway and Charlie Connolly lining up either side of hooker Tadgh McElroy.
Jack Regan replaces Fineen Wycherley in the second row. Wycherley has been called into the Munster PRO12 squad for their clash with Scarlets on Friday.
The Ireland Under 20s on the pitch after their victory over Scotland earlier this month. ©INPHO/Craig Watson
Regan locks down alongside his Leinster teammate Oisin Dowling.
In the back row, Marcus Rea starts at flanker, in place of Cillian Gallagher, who picked up a shoulder injury last week.
Paul Boyle and Caelan Dorris keep their places at 7 and 8.
"We've been forced to make a number of changes due to injuries this week”, says Head Coach Carolan.
“But that gives other players the opportunity to demonstrate what they can offer.
“The players trained with the Senior squad last Friday in Monaghan and they will have taken a lot of positives from that session which they carried into training this week.
“The French bounced back well from their defeat to England to win convincingly against Scotland, so we have a big challenge ahead of us this Friday, however with the quick surface in Donnybrook, along with playing in front of our home fans, the players are looking forward to getting out there and are looking to put in a good performance”.
The match, sponsored by Electric Ireland, kicks off at 8pm.
Ireland Under 20s Team:
15. Rob Lyttle
14. Jordan Larmour
13. Tommy O'Brien
12. Ciaran Frawley
11. Calvin Nash
10. Bill Johnston
9. Johnny Stewart
1. Joey Conway
2. Tadgh McElroy
3. Charlie Connolly
4. Jack Regan
5. Oisin Dowling
6. Marcus Rea
7. Paul Boyle
8. Caelan Doris
16. Ronan Kelleher
17. Rory Mulvihill
18. Peter Cooper
19. Gavin Coombes
20. Sean Masterson
21. Jack Lyons
22. Conor Fitzgerald
23. Alex McHenry