18 May, 11:09
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne has issued a statement following confirmation of Ronan O'Gara's decision to retire from playing professional rugby.
The tournament, comprising of 24 teams split into two Divisions, sees reigning champions New Zealand back in action, with Romania - thanks to last year's 30-7 Division B final win over Uruguay - in the A ranks.
The two Divisions are:
Division A: (1) New Zealand, (2) France, (3) South Africa, (4) England, (5) Wales, (6) Australia, (7) Ireland, (8) Japan, (9) Scotland, (10) Argentina, (11) Georgia, (12) Romania
Division B: (1) Italy, (2) Uruguay, (3) Chile, (4) Namibia, (5) Tonga, (6) Russia, (7) Samoa, (8) USA, (9) Spain, (10) Korea, (11) Zimbabwe, (12) Paraguay
There will be a great deal of poigniancy for the Irish squad travelling back to Durban, as thoughts return to the tragic death of eighteen-year-old flanker and Ulster Schools captain John McCall, who collapsed in their opening game at last year's tournament.
2005 IRB UNDER-19 WORLD CUP, Durban, South Africa (April 1-17):
Ireland Division A schedule:
Friday, April 1: Ireland v Georgia Tuesday, April 5: Ireland v South Africa Saturday, April 9: Ireland v Australia