Ireland have made six changes for their second Under-20s Six Nations game against Wales on Friday night (8pm, live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player).

Alex Kendellen, who was player of the match in the 38-7 victory over Scotland, once again captains the side from the back row as Ireland bid to make it two wins from two in Cardiff against a host nation that started their campaign with a 25-8 success over Italy.

There are three changes in the backline with Chris Cosgrave named to start on the left wing, while Nathan Doak and Tim Corkery come in at scrum-half and out-half respectively.

Former St Michael's man Cosgrave is joined in the back three by Jamie Osborne and Ben Moxham, with the all-Connacht midfield partnership of Cathal Forde and Shane Jennings remaining unchanged.


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There are two alterations in Ireland's front row as Jack Boyle and Mark Donnelly are promoted off the bench to start either side of hooker Ronan Loughnane, while Alex Soroka switches from the back row to join Harry Sheridan in the second row.

With Soroka moving to number four, Donnacha Byrne comes in at blindside flanker alongside Oisin McCormack and Kendellen in the back row, with Murphy also shuffling his resources on the replacements bench.

The Ulster trio of George Saunderson, Jude Postlethwaite and Conor Rankin are included in the Match Day squad for the first time, while Munster's Fearghail O'Donoghue - who has been called up to replace the injured Darragh Murray - could also make his Ireland U20s debut.

Head coach Richie Murphy said: "We were pleased to get off to a winning start last weekend but the very nature of this championship means you have to turn the page quickly and focus on the next challenge.

"We identified areas of our game that needed improvement after Scotland and we have been working on them this week.

"Wales will be a tough test at their home ground but the group are looking forward to the challenge and building on last week's performance."

Ireland: Jamie Osborne (Naas CBS/Naas RFC/Leinster); Ben Moxham (Larne High School/Ballymena RFC/Ulster), Shane Jennings (Garbally College/Buccaneers RFC/Connacht), Cathal Forde (Colaiste Iognaid/Corinthians RFC/Connacht), Chris Cosgrave (St Michael's College/UCD RFC/Leinster); Tim Corkery (St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny/UCD RFC/Leinster), Nathan Doak (Wallace High School/Banbridge RFC/Ulster); Jack Boyle (St Michael’s College/UCD RFC/Leinster), Ronan Loughnane (Cistercian College Roscrea/UCD RFC/Leinster), Mark Donnelly (CBC Cork/Garryowen RFC/Munster); Alex Soroka (Belvedere College/Clontarf RFC/Leinster), Harry Sheridan (Sullivan Upper School/Dublin University FC/Ulster); Donnacha Byrne (Summerhill College/Sligo RFC/Connacht), Oisin McCormack (Garbally College/Buccaneers RFC/Connacht), Alex Kendellen (PBC Cork/UCC RFC/Munster)(capt).

Replacements: Eoin de Buitléar (Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiáran/An Ghaeltacht/Corinthians RFC/Connacht), George Saunderson (Sullivan Upper School/Queen’s University Belfast RFC/Ulster), Sam Illo (Wesley College/Old Wesley RFC/Leinster), Mark Morrissey (Blackrock College/UCD RFC/Leinster), Reuben Crothers (Wallace High School/Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster), Conor McKee (Sullivan Upper School/Queen’s University Belfast RFC/Ulster), Ben Carson (Wallace High School/Banbridge RFC/Ulster), Jude Postlethwaite (RBAI/Banbridge RFC/Ulster),Fearghail O'Donoghue (Cashel Community School/Cashel RFC/Munster), Daniel Okeke (Ard Scoil Ris/Shannon RFC/Munster), Conor Rankin (Campbell College Belfast/Ballynahinch RFC/Ulster).