The Ireland team to take on Italy tomorrow (2.30pm Irish time) in the World Rugby U20 Championship shows a number of changes from the side beaten by Australia.

In the front-row, Josh Wycherley starts alongside John McKee and Michael Milne.

Thomas Aherne comes into the second-row alongside Ryan Baird.

The back-row consists of David McCann, Ciaran Booth and Azur Allison.Colm Reilly starts at scrum-half alongside Ben Healy who lines out at out-half.

Cormac Foley is named at centre alongside Liam Turner who will captain the side.

The back-three sees Rob Russell and Angus Kernohan on the wings, with Jake Flannery at full-back.

John Hodnett (knee) and Stewart Moore (shoulder) have returned home due to injury and are replaced in the squad by Shannon’s Luke Clohessy and UCD’s David Ryan and they are named among the replacements.

Ronan Watters is following return to play protocols after a head injury sustained against Australia and is therefore not available for selection for tomorrow’s game at Club de Rugby Atheneo Immaculada, Santa Fe. 

Ireland remain with an outside chance of qualification from Pool B but must record a bonus-point win over Italy and improve their points differential. 

Even with that, they have to hope for favourable results from the France v Argentina, and South Africa v New Zealand matches.