Ireland u/20 head coach Noel McNamara has an almost unchanged side from the one that has beaten Italy (34-14) two weeks ago in Rieti. France u/20 is only four log points behind Ireland in the log and could overtake if they manage to beat Ireland on Friday night.
Cork native Sean French is the only change and forms a new centre partnership with Liam Turner in place of captain David Hawkshaw who is ruled out with a knee injury. French has been starring for Cork Constitution of late, scoring five tries in two All-Ireland League games.
Dublin University second row Ryan Baird features on the bench and is hoping to win his first Under-20 cap on Friday, as is Ryan Lomas, the Galwegians prop, who returns to the matchday squad in place of Michael Milne who suffered an injury in All-Ireland League action with UCD.
15. Jake Flannery (Shannon/Munster), 14. Angus Kernohan (Queen’s University/Ulster), 13. Liam Turner (Dublin University/Leinster), 12. Sean French (Cork Constitution/Munster), 11. Jonathan Wren (Cork Constitution/Munster), 10. Harry Byrne (Lansdowne/Leinster), 9. Craig Casey (Shannon/Munster), 1. Josh Wycherley (Young Munster/Munster), 2. Dylan Tierney-Martin (Corinthians/Connacht), 3. Thomas Clarkson (Dublin University/Leinster), 4. Charlie Ryan (UCD/Leinster) (capt), 5. Niall Murray (Buccaneers/Connacht), 6. Martin Moloney (Old Belvedere/Leinster), 7. Scott Penny (UCD/Leinster), 8. John Hodnett (UCC/Munster)
16. John McKee (Old Belvedere/Leinster), 17. Callum Reid (Banbridge/Ulster), 18. Ryan Lomas (Galwegians/Connacht), 19. Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster), 20. David McCann (Banbridge/Ulster), 21. Cormac Foley (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), 22. Ben Healy (Garryowen/Munster), 23. Rob Russell (Dublin University/Leinster)