Ireland have made five changes to their starting XV from their earlier meeting with South Africa. The Baby Boks have made three changes to their starting line up.

The Ireland team see’s Henderson starting ahead of Qualter, the Queens player is just getting better and better each game, Doyle comes in at wing forward ahead of Conneely, nominally a hooker Doyle had an impressive run at wing forward against Scotland,  Boyle keeps his Scotland starting place ahead of Gilroy, who is dropped from the squad altogether with Kelly named on the bench for his first appearance this competition,  and Jackson and Marshall combine again in the centre of the park with McKinney benching and Hanrahan dropping out of the squad altogether.

Ulster’s Finlay Bealham joins Kelly in making his first appearance this competition from the bench.

South Africa have brought in Cornell Du Preez for Francois Klein, Jaco Taute for Bradley Moolman and Tshotsho Mbovane has got the nod ahead of Courtnall Sicosan. The Bok’s have also made  number of positional changes from the first meeting.

Having arrived in Padova yesterday all I can add at the minute is that the heat and humidity will be major factors in this encounter tomorrow night. The Ireland team are battered and bruised from their earlier encounters but are in good shape, in fact better shape than they have ever been at this stage of the competition, and they are well up for this encounter with South Africa as they feel they have a point to prove after the first game.

The big question is – who will play in green this time?


Ireland U20South Africa U20
James Tracy1Stephan Kotze
Niall Annett (C)2Michael Van Vuuren
Tadhg Furlong3Nic Schonert
Michael Kearney4Jean Cook
Iain Henderson5Eben Etzebeth
Eoin McKeon6Francois Kleinhans
David Doyle7Cornell Du Preez
Jordi Murphy8Arno Botha (C)
Kieran Marmion9Pieter Rademan
Patrick Jackson10Johan Goosen
Andrew Boyle11Wandile Mjekevu
Luke Marshall12Francois Venter
Brendan Macken13Jaco Taute
Andrew Conway14Tshotsho Mbovane
Tiernan O’Halloran15Ulrich Beyers
Finlay Bealham16Mbongeni Mbonambi
Conor Carey17John Roy Jenkinson
Daniel Qualter18Carl Wegner
Shane Buckley19Nizaam Carr
Peter du Toit20Lohan Jacobs
James McKinney21Johnny Welthagen
Alex Kelly22Paul Jordaan

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