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Welsh U2Os look stronger

COACH Nigel Carolan has handed the Ireland U20 captaincy to Josh Murphy for the World Cup 5th-8th place semi-final play-off against Wales at Viadana this evening (7.30 Irish time, TG4).

Wing Stephen Fitzgerald and scrum-half Charlie Rock come into a rejigged backline as Ciarán Gaffney moves from wing to full-back.

Seán McNulty gets the nod at hooker over Zack McCall with Conor Oliver at openside and Nick Timoney making his first start at number eight.

IRELAND: C Gaffney; S Ftizgerald, G Ringrose, S Arnold, J Stockdale; J Carbery, C Rock; A Porter, S McNulty, O Heffernan, D O'Connor, A Thompson, J Murphy (capt), C Oliver, N Timoney.

WALES: D Howells; E Benham, G Smith, O Watkin, J Adams; J Evans, T Williams; L Garrett, L Belcher, D Lewis, S Davies, A Beard, T Phillips, O Griffiths (capt), H Keddie.