Ireland will begin their World Rugby U20 Championship against hosts France in Stade Aimé Giral, Perpignan on 30 May.

Ten days ago, three second-half tries weren’t enough in a gallant Irish comeback against Les Bleus in Bordeaux as Noel McNamara’s men fell to a 34-24 Six Nations loss.

Ireland failed to win a pool match at least year's tournament in Georgia, losing to eventual winner New Zealand, Scotland and Italy.

Peter Malone's team got their first win with an eight-try 52-26 defeat over Samoa in the 9-12th place play-off, going on to see off the host nation to secure a ninth-placed finish.

This year, McNamara will look for an improved showing alongside assistant coaches Ambrose Conboy, Tom Tierney and Paul O'Connell.

Ireland also come up against bronze medallists South Africa and Georgia in Pool C.

The draw, based on rankings from last year's edition, sees New Zealand joined in Pool A by Australia, Wales - both former runners-up - and World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017 winners Japan.

England, beaten by the Kiwis in the final 12 months ago, will face Argentina, Italy and Scotland in Pool B.

Narbonne and Perpignan will host the semi-finals and ranking play-offs on 12 June, with Beziers hosting all finals day matches on 17 June across two pitches. 


POOL A: New Zealand, Australia, Wales, Japan
POOL B: England, Scotland, Italy, Argentina
POOL C: South Africa, France, IRELAND, Georgia