The Ireland Under-18 Schools team and replacements for their final game of the Under-18 Five Nations Festival in Italy this weekend has been announced.
Ireland, unbeaten in their two games to date, face an impressive England side who ran up a 75-0 scoreline against Scotland on Wednesday.
Ireland coach Paul Barr, in keeping with the rules of the tournament, has again made changes to his team to ensure that all the players in the squad play in at least one game.
Niall Annett of Ulster champions Methody will again captain the side.
IRELAND UNDER-18 SCHOOLS TEAM & REPLACEMENTS (v England U-18, Under-18 Five Nations Festival, Colorno, Saturday, April 18, 4pm local time):
15 – Andrew Conway (Blackrock College/Leinster)
14 – Tiarnan O’Halloran (Cistercian Roscrea/Leinster)
13 – Brendan Macken (Blackrock College/Leinster)
12 – Alex Kelly (St. Michael’s College/Leinster)
11 – Sam Coughlan Murray (Newbridge College/Leinster)
10 – Gareth Quinn McDonagh (Crescent CC/Munster)
9 – Peter du Toit (King’s Hospital/Leinster)
1 – James Tracy (Newbridge College/Leinster)
2 – Niall Annett (Methodist College/Ulster) (capt)
3 – Martin Moore (Castleknock College/Leinster)
4 – David O’Mahony (Presentation College/Munster)
5 – Aaron Spring (Sligo Grammar School/Connacht)
6 – Paddy Marks (RBAI/Ulster)
7 – David Doyle (Gonzaga College/Leinster)
8 – Jordi Murphy (Blackrock College/Leinster)
Replacements (from): Niall Scannell (Presentation College/Munster), Rory Harrison (Methodist College/Ulster), Conor Carey (Methodist College/Ulster), Shane Buckley (Rockwell College/Munster), Colin Mallon (St. Michael’s College/Leinster), Harry Doyle (Royal School Armagh/Ulster), James McKinney (Campbell College/Ulster), Ben Sargent (Crescent CC/Munster), Chris Colvin (Royal School Armagh/Ulster), Ferdia Doherty (Gonzaga College/Leinster).
Manager – Lorcan Balfe
Coach – Paul Barr
Assistant Coach – Kenny Hooks