Garryowen's Conan Doyle is joined in the starting XV by UCC trio Daragh Hurley, Ross Noonan and Billy Holland who is son of Munster senior squad manager, the former international Jerry.
IRELAND: F Carr (Blackrock College); M Williams (Bristol Shoguns/Hartpury College), D Cave (Belfast Harlequins), C Doyle (Garryowen), P Durcan (Galwegians); J Sexton (St Mary's College), P Marshall (Ballynahinch); D Hurley (UCC), S Philpott (Belfast Harlequins, capt), P Doran-Jones (Dublin University), Devin Toner (Lansdowne); D Tuohy (Gloucester/Hartpury College); R Noonan (UCC), E Uzoigwe (Hartpury College), B Holland (UCC). Replacements: S Cronin (Shannon), C Black (Worcester Warriors/Hartpury College), D McGowan (Buccaneers), S O'Brien (UCD), D Williams (UCC), T Gleeson (Cork Con), F McFadden (UCD).
ITALY: Robuschi; Varani, Neethling, Patrizio, Sepe; Brussolo, Semenzato; Giazzon, Vicere, Muccignat; Tveraga, Saccardo; Derbyshire, Cattina, Pelizzari. Replacements: Ceccato, Giovanchelli, Michelini, Rendace, Barbieri, Billot, Ceccato.