Coach Mike Ruddock has brought two new faces into the side that won their opening game against Wales, 11 - 6, last weekend in Athlone.
Conor Finn has been brought into the starting XV to replace Barry Daly. Daly received a broken thumb in last week’s clash against Wales and underwent surgery on Sunday for same. He is expected to be out of action for six weeks.
Diarmuid Higgins has been brought into the squad and will take his place on the bench replacing Jake Cawley who took a knock during last week’s game and is unavailable for selection this week. Cawley is due to be available for selection for the Italy test.
Chris Farrell has been promoted from the bench to the Centre along with Scrum Half Luke McGrath, both of whom make their first start of the series.
Kieran Marmion and Foster Horan have been named in the replacements.
Ireland Under - 20 Team (v France Under - 20, RBS 6 Nations, Stade Des Alpes, Grenoble - February 11th, 14.15 GMT)
15 Shane Layden (Buccaneers - Connacht)
14 Conor Finn (Buccaneers - Connacht)
13 Chris Farrell (Dungannon - Ulster)
12 JJ Hanrahan (UL Bohemian - Munster)
11 Sam Coghlan - Murray (UCD - Leinster)
10 Paddy Jackson (Dungannon - Ulster) (C)
9 Luke McGrath (UCD - Leinster)
1 Kyle McCall (Ballynahinch - Ulster)
2 Niall Scannell (Dolphin - Munster)
3 Peter Reilly (Lansdowne - Leinster)
4 Iain Henderson (QUB - Ulster)
5 Daniel Qualter (Buccaneers - Connacht)
6 Conor Gilsenan (UCD - Leinster)
8 Jack Conan (Old Belvedere - Leinster)
7 Aaron Conneely (Corinthians - Connacht)
16 Des Merrey (Clontarf - Leinster)
17 James Rael (Garryowen - Munster)
18 Diarmuid Higgins (Buccaneers - Connacht)
19 Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne - Leinster)
20 Jordan Coughlan (UCD - Leinster)
21 Kieran Marmion (Corinthians - Connacht)
22 Cathal Marsh (Dublin University - Leinster)
23 Foster Horan (Lansdowne - Leinster)
Ireland Under-20 RBS 6 Nations Fixtures 2012 (All Kick-off Times GMT):
Sat 11th Feb 14:15 France U20 v Ireland U20 Grenoble
Fri 24th Feb 19:05 Ireland U20 v Italy U20 Dubarry Park
Fri 9th Mar 19:05 Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 Dubarry Park
Fri 16th Mar 20:05 England U20 v Ireland U20 Adams Park
For further information contact:
Maria Boland, IRFU Communications Department
Phone: +353 (0)1 6473828/ +353 (0)87 7645327