The Head Coach has made a two changes to the starting team who lost out to France 19 - 13 in their tournament opener, as the Irish hope to make amends for a 0-16 defeat to the Welsh in this year's 6 Nations.
Munster's Alex Wootton, makes his first appearance of the tournament on the wing, while Darragh Moloney has been promoted to a starting position in the second row.
Prop Rory Burke retains his starting position, as do hooker Max Abbot, centre Dan Goggin and Irish Captain Jack O'Donoghue at number 8.
Diarmaid Dee and Ryan Foley who made their Irish U20 debuts alongside Moloney last time out will again provide cover from the bench.
Ireland v Wales, Pool B, IRB Junior World Championship, Pukekohe, Friday June 6th. KO 17.35 local time (06.35hrs Irish time) with coverage starting on TG4 from 06.25.
Ireland U20 Team to play Wales U20
15 Cian Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster)
14 Ciaran Gaffney (Galwegians/Connacht)
13 Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster)
12 Dan Goggin (Young Munster /Munster)
11 Alex Wootton (Garryowen/Munster)
10 Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster)
9 Nick McCarthy (UCD/Leinster)
1 Peter Dooley (Lansdowne/Leinster)
2 Max Abbott (Cork Constitution/Munster)
3 Rory Burke (Cork Constitution/Munster)
4 Darragh Moloney (Cork Constitution/Munster)
5 Ross Molony (UCD/Leinster)
6 Peadar Timmins (UCD/Leinster)
7 Frankie Taggart (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
8 Jack O' Donoghue (ULBohemians/Munster) (Capt)
16 Dylan Donnellan (UCD/Leinster)
17 Denis Coulson (Lansdowne/Leinster)
18 Oisin Heffernan (Lansdowne/Leinster)
19 Josh Murphy (UCD/Leinster)
20 Diarmaid Dee (Young Munster/Munster)
21 Ryan Foley (Cork Constitution/Munster)
22 Conor McKeon (Lansdowne/Leinster)
23 Harrisson Brewer (Terenure/Leinster)