10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Hooker Niall Scannell will start in the front row, having played as a replacement in the U-18 game against the Australians, while flanker Aaron Conneely will be back in the green jersey after impressing in the Ireland Under-19s' recent 15-0 victory over Australia.
Replacements Rory Harrison and Ross Jones also started for the U-19 Schools side against Australia last month.
Terry McMaster is coaching the Ireland Under-18 Schools squad alongside former internationals Kenny Hooks and Gabriel Fulcher, with Lorcan Balfe the team manager.
IRELAND UNDER-18 SCHOOLS TEAM & REPLACEMENTS (v Italy Under-18s, International Match, Donnybrook, Saturday, December 19, kick-off 1pm):
15 - Charlie Simpson (Ballymena Academy)
14 - Stephen MacAuley (Clongowes Wood College)
13 - Peter Nelson (Royal School Dungannon)
12 - JJ Hanrahan (Rockwell College)
11 - Sam Coghlan-Murray (Newbridge College)
10 - Paddy Jackson (Methodist College Belfast)
9 - Luke McGrath (St. Michael's College)
1 - Des Merrey (King's Hospital)
2 - Niall Scannell (PBC Cork)
3 - Peter Reilly (Castleknock College)
4 - Shane Buckley (Rockwell College)
5 - Yasin Browne (CBC Cork)
6 - Adam Clarkin (Terenure College)
7 - Aaron Conneely (Colaiste Iognaid)
8 - Daniel Qualter (Sligo Grammar School)
16 - James Rael (Castletroy Community College)
17 - Rory Harrison (Methodist College Belfast)
18 - Kyle McCall (Wallace High School)
19 - Eoghan Cross (Crescent Community College)
20 - Harry Doyle (Royal School Armagh)
21 - Ritchie McMaster (Coleraine Academical Institution)
22 - Ross Jones (Castleknock College)