Noel McNamara's Ireland Under-20s have been drawn in the same pool as France, Argentina and Japan for this summer's World Championship.

Ireland are housed in Pool A for the tournament, which takes place in Italy from 28 June to 18 July in northern Italy.

They'll have to overcome two-time defending champions France, the Argentinians and recently promoted Japan, who won the World Rugby U20 Trophy last year.

McNamara’s side finished eighth at last year's edition in Argentina. They'll open their campaign against Argentina on Sunday, 28 June 28 at the Peroni Stadium in Calvisano, where they will also face Les Bleus on Friday 3 July.

Ireland's final pool clash against the Japanese will be played at the Payanini Center in Verona. The three pool winners and best runner-up will go on to the semi-finals.

In Pool B, Australia will face six-time champions New Zealand, Wales and Georgia, while hosts Italy have been grouped with 2012 winners South Africa, three-time champions England and Fij in Pool C.

Ireland are currently gearing up for their Six Nations opener against Scotland at Irish Independent Park on Friday, 31 January.

POOL A
France
Argentina
Ireland
Japan

POOL B
Australia
Wales
New Zealand
Georgia

POOL C
South Africa
England
Fiji
Italy