The Ireland Under-20s will kick off their World Rugby Championship 2017 in Georgia against Italy on 31 May.

Ireland reached the final of the 2016 tournament, recording an historic win over New Zealand along the way before losing to England in the decider. 

Once again Nigel Carolan's side have been drawn in the same pool (B) as New Zealand, along with Scotland and Italy.

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The pool stages will be played on 31 May, 4 and 8 June, with the semi-finals on 13 June and the final at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi on 18 June.