The teams…

Speaking ahead of the match, Ireland head coach Richie Murphy said: “We’ve had another good week of preparation in the build-up to what we know will be a tough challenge.

“Italy had a brilliant win against England last time out and we will definitely have to step up a gear this week in front of our home fans.

“The atmosphere at Musgrave Park for the game against Wales was memorable and it made the whole group have that vocal and strong home support behind us.

“We are delighted to be back in Cork on Friday night and hope to build on our performances to date.”

Ireland U20: 15 Patrick Campbell (Young Munster/Munster), 14 Chay Mullins (Bristol Bears), 13 Jude Postlethwaite (Banbridge RFC/Ulster), 12 Ben Brownlee (Blackrock College/Leinster), 11 Fionn Gibbons (UCD/Leinster), 10 Charlie Tector (Lansdowne/Leinster), 9 Matthew Devine (Galway Corinthians/Connacht), 1 Jack Boyle (UCD/Leinster), 2 James McCormick (Ballymena/Ulster), 3 Rory Maguire (UCD/Leinster), 4 Conor O’Tighearnaigh (UCD /Leinster), 5 Mark Morrissey (UCD/Leinster), 6 James McNabney (Ballymena/Ulster), 7 Reuben Crothers (Ballynahinch/Ulster), 8 James Culhane (UCD/Leinster)

Replacements: 16 Josh Hanlon (Ballynahinch/Ulster), 17 Oisin Michel (Lansdowne/Leinster), 18 Darragh McSweeney (Shannon/Munster), 19 Adam McNamee (Malone/Ulster), 20 Lorcan McLoughlin (Queen’s University Belfast/Ulster), 21 Ethan Coughlan (Shannon/Munster), 22 Tony Butler (Garryowen/Munster), 23 Dylan O’Grady (UCD RFC/Leinster)

Italy U20: 15 Lorenzo Pani (Benetton Rugby Treviso Srl), 14 Federico Cuminetti (Asd Rugby Lyon), 13 François Carlo Mey (HBS Colorno), 12 Dewi Passarella (Ruggers Tarvisium), 11 Filippo Lazzarin (Petrarca Rugby), 10 Nicolò Teneggi (Valorugby Emilia ), 9 Alessandro Garbisi (Mogliano Rugby 1969 Ssd Arl); 1 Luca Rizzoli (Capitoline Rugby Union), 2 Lapo Frangini (Ivan Francescato National Academy), 3 Riccardo Genovese (Cus Turin), 4 Alessandro Ortombina (Valorugby Emilia), 5 Riccardo Andreoli (FEMI-CZ Rovigo), 6 David Odiase (HBS Colorno), 7 Ross Vincent (National Academy I. Francescato), 8 Giacomo Ferrari – CAP (Capitoline Rugby Union)

Replacements: 16 Tommaso Scramoncin (Petrarca Rugby), 17 Valerio Bizzotto (Rugby Bassano 1976), 18 Riccardo Bartolini (Florentina Rugby Asd), 19 Lizardo Rodriguez Carlos Berlese (Ruggers Tarvisium Asd), 20 Giovanni Cenedese (Villorba Rugby), 21 Gianluca Tomaselli (GS Fiamme Oro Rugby Rome), 22 Giovanni Sante (Mogliano Rugby 1969), 23 Arturo Fusari (GS Fiamme Oro Rugby Rome)