12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Paul McKenzie comes into the team on the left wing to replace the injured Tommy Bowe. Flanker Brendan O' Connor returns from injury to regain his place at the expense of Kevin McLaughlin.
Robbie Shaw is promoted from the bench to the starting scrum half position with Tomas O' Leary moving to the replacements panel. Glen Telford is injured and is replaced by Breffne O' Donnell at inside centre with Greg Stafford coming into the replacements.
Ireland U21. 15. Andrew Finn (Dolphin) 14. Richard Lane (UCC) 13. John Hearty (Blackrock College) 12. Breffne O'Donnell (UL Bohemians) 11. Paul Mc Kenzie (Loughborough University) 10. Gareth Steenson (QUB) 9. Robbie Shaw (London Wasps) 1. John Wickham (Clontarf) 2. Denis Fogarty (Cork Constitution) 3. Keith Doyle (UCD) 4. David Gannon (Blackrock College), Capt 5. Shane O'Connor (Cork Constitution) 6. Brendan O' Connor (Cork Constitution) 7. Oisin Hennessy (Dungannon) 8. Jamie Heaslip (DU) Replacements: 16 - Conor Geoghegan (UCD) 17 - Stephen Bennett (Bath) 18 - Neil McComb (Dundee HSFP) 19 - David O'Brien (Old Belvedere) 20 - Tomas O' Leary (Cork Constitution) 21 - Michael Glancy (Loughborough University) 22 - Greg Stafford (Lansdowne)