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.
Some of those changes have come about by the withdrawal through injury of Fiach O'Loughlin (Shannon) and Peter O'Brien (UCC), but this game against Japan affords coach Michael Bradley the opportunity to use his full squad of players.
Fiach O'Loughlin's replacement Daragh Geraghty, is named in the replacements. O'Brien is replaced by Denis Fogarty (Cork Constitution).
Ireland U21. 15. Tommy Bowe - Queens University 14. Richard Lane - UCC 13. Barry Murphy - UL Bohemians 12. Nicholas McClelland - London Irish 11. John Hearty - Blackrock College 10. David McAllister - Terenure College 9. Conor O'Loughlin - Buccaneers 1. Eugene Mc Govern - Old Crescent 2. Kevin Corrigan - UCD 3. Jody Danagher - UL Bohemians 4. Simon Crawford - UCD 5. Shane O'Connor - Cork Constitution 6. John Muldoon - Galwegians captain. 7. Niall Ronan - Lansdowne 8. Michael Mc Comish - Ballymena.
Replacements. 16. Declan Fitzpatrick - Belfast Harlequins 17. Jason Moran - UCD 18. Neil McComb - Dundee Highschool 19. David Gannon - UCD 20. Daragh Geraghty - UCD 21. Michael Rainey - Glasgow Hawks 22. Glen Telford - Instonians.