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 U20||South Africa U20|
|James Tracy||1||Stephan Kotze|
|Niall Annett (C)||2||Michael Van Vuuren|
|Tadhg Furlong||3||Nic Schonert|
|Michael Kearney||4||Jean Cook|
|Iain Henderson||5||Eben Etzebeth|
|Eoin McKeon||6||Francois Kleinhans|
|David Doyle||7||Cornell Du Preez|
|Jordi Murphy||8||Arno Botha (C)|
|Kieran Marmion||9||Pieter Rademan|
|Patrick Jackson||10||Johan Goosen|
|Andrew Boyle||11||Wandile Mjekevu|
|Luke Marshall||12||Francois Venter|
|Brendan Macken||13||Jaco Taute|
|Andrew Conway||14||Tshotsho Mbovane|
|Tiernan O’Halloran||15||Ulrich Beyers|
|Finlay Bealham||16||Mbongeni Mbonambi|
|Conor Carey||17||John Roy Jenkinson|
|Daniel Qualter||18||Carl Wegner|
|Shane Buckley||19||Nizaam Carr|
|Peter du Toit||20||Lohan Jacobs|
|James McKinney||21||Johnny Welthagen|
|Alex Kelly||22||Paul Jordaan|