THE IRELAND U20s team to face Italy in the U20 Six Nations tournament was released on Thursday.
Ireland head to Treviso this Friday and will try to make it three out of three wins when the sides clash.
A win for Ireland would mean the dream of keeping the Grand Slam would become a more realistic prospect.
Ireland head coach Ritchie Murphy selects the same side that beat France in the last round.
Henry McErlean comes in at full back. James Nicholson and Hugh Gavi start on the wings.
Gus McCarthy, once again captains Ireland from the front row. He is joined in the front pack by George Hadden and Paddy McCarthy.
Hugh Cooney and John Devine start as a midfield partnership.
Introducing the Ireland U20s Match Day Squad for Friday night's clash against Italy in Treviso! 🟢#FutureIsGreen | @PwCIreland — Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 22, 2023
Introducing the Ireland U20s Match Day Squad for Friday night's clash against Italy in Treviso! 🟢#FutureIsGreen | @PwCIreland
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 22, 2023
Sam Prendergast and Fintan Gunne start at 10 and 9.
Diarmuid Mangan and Conor O’Tighearnaigh start in the second row.
Finally, James McNabney, Ruadhán Quinn, and Brian Gleeson get the nod in the back row.
The match is live on RTÉ2.
Kick-off is at 7.15pm.
Fullback 15. Henry McErlean (UCD/Leinster)
Winger: 14. James Nicholson (La Rochelle/IQ Rugby)
Centres: 13. Hugh Cooney (Clontarf/Leinster), 12. John Devine (Corinthians/Connacht)
Winger: 11. Hugh Gavin (Galwegians/Connacht)
Out half: 10. Sam Prendergast (Lansdowne/Leinster) Scrum half: 9. Fintan Gunne (Terenure/Leinster)
Front row: 1. George Hadden (Clontarf/Leinster), 2. Gus McCarthy (UCD/Leinster) (captain), 3. Paddy McCarthy (DUFC/Leinster)
Second Row: 4. Diarmuid Mangan (UCD/Leinster) 5. Conor O’Tighearnaigh (UCD/Leinster)
Back row: 6. James McNabney (Ballymena/Ulster), 7. Ruadhán Quinn (Old Crescent/Munster), 8. Brian Gleeson (Garryowen/Munster)
Replacements: 16. Danny Sheahan (UCC/Munster), 17. George Morris (Lansdowne/Leinster), 18. Fiachna Barrett (Corinthians/Connacht), 19. Evan O’Connell (UL Bohemians/Munster), 20. Jacob Sheahan (UCC/Munster), 21. Oscar Cawley (Naas/Leinster), 22. Harry West (Buccaneers/Connacht), 23. Rory Telfer (Queen’s University/Ulster)