The Ireland team to face Wales in their Under-20 Six Nations clash at Irish Independent Park in Cork on Friday night features two changes to the starting line-up which saw off Scotland 38-26 in their campaign opener. 

Ireland coach Noel McNamara will hand an Under-20 debut to Ulster winger Ben Moxham, who will replace the injured Ethan McIlroy, while the other change to the starting XV sees Marcus Hannan named in the front row.

Ulster's David McCann once again captains the side.

Munster out-half Jack Crowley, who was named man-of-the-match in the six-try win over Scotland, will hope to pull the strings for Ireland alongside scrum-half Lewis Finlay, while Moxham joins Oran McNulty and Andrew Smith in the back three.

Dan Kelly and Hayden Hyde continue their midfield partnership, with Ben Murphy, Tim Corkery and Luis Faria providing cover from the bench for the backs.

Clane product Hannan is named at loosehead and joins Ulster hooker Tom Stewart and Thomas Clarkson, who has now started each of Ireland’s last seven Under-20 Six Nations fixtures, in the front row.

Thomas Ahern, who scored against Scotland, and Brian Deeny form the second row pairing, while the back row of Sean O’Brien, Mark Hernan and McCann is unchanged.

There is plenty of front row experience among the options available to McNamara from the bench, including John McKee, Harry Noonan and Charlie Ward, with Joe McCarthy and Cian Prendergast completing the match-day 23.

"We got things started on a positive note on Friday night in Cork and now that we are up and running in the championship, we are looking forward to improving upon that performance," McNamara said.

"This Friday night presents a new challenge against Wales. The players have worked hard during the week with the emphasis very much on ourselves and building towards this week's game.

"We are excited about getting out and performing in front of our supportive and enthusiastic home crowd at Irish Independent Park."

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Ireland Under-20 team: Oran McNulty, Ben Moxham, Dan Kelly, Hayden Hyde, Andrew Smith, Jack Crowley, Lewis Finlay; Marcus Hannan, Tom Stewart, Thomas Clarkson, Thomas Ahern, Brian Deeny,  Sean O’Brien, Mark Hernan, David McCann (captain).

Replacements: John McKee, Harry Noonan, Charlie Ward, Joe McCarthy, Cian Prendergast, Ben Murphy,  Tim Corkery, Luis Faria.