Sean Masterson will captain the side from number 8, with flankers Aaron Hall and Jack Cooke completing the back-row.

Matt Dalton and Jack Dunne are named in the second-row, with front rowers James French, Diarmuid Barron and Tom O’Toole completing the scrum.

In the backs, Hugh O’Sullivan starts at scrum-half, with Angus Curtis at number 10.

David McCarthy and James Hume form the centre partnership, with Mark Keane and Peter Sullivan on the wings and Michael Silvester at full-back.

Belvedere College captain Max Kearney is named on the bench, as is Blackrock College full-back Tom Roche.

Gonzaga College back James Kenny is also among the replacements, as is Naas RFC prop Jordan Duggan.

This evening’s game in the Stade Jules Ladoumègue in Lormont is the first of two matches between the sides, with the second fixture set for this Sunday in Stade Robert Brettes, Merignac, Bordeaux.

Ireland U19 team v France U19

15. Michael Silvester (Dublin University)
14. Peter Sullivan (St. Andrew’s College)
13. James Hume (RBAI)
12. David McCarthy (Garryowen)
11. Mark Keane (Instonians)
10. Angus Curtis (Queen’s University)
9. Hugh O’Sullivan (Belvedere College)
1. James French (Bandon Grammar School)
2. Diarmuid Barron (Garryowen)
3. Tom O’Toole (Campbell College)
4. Matt Dalton (Belfast Royal Academy)
5. Jack Dunne (St. Michael’s College)
6. Jack Cooke (London Irish)
7. Aaron Hall (Ballynahinch)
8. Sean Masterson (Corinthians) Captain


16. Alexander Clarke (Ballymena Academy)
17. Jordan Duggan (Naas)
18. Bryan O’Connor (PBC Cork)
19. John McCusker (Rainey Old Boys)
20. Max Kearney (Belvedere College)
21. James Kenny (Gonzaga College)
22. Michael Lowry (RBAI)
23. Conor Wharton (Leeds Beckett University)
24. Jack O’Sullivan (PBC Cork)
25. Corey Reid (Marist College)
26. Tom Roche (Blackrock College)

Ireland U19 Management

Kieran Campbell – Head Coach
Hugh Hogan – Assistant Coach
Ambrose Conboy – Assistant Coach
Barney McGonigle – Team Manager
Marc Beggs – Physio
Tim O’Flanagan – Doctor
Matt Maguire – Strength & Conditioning Coach
Pat Downey – Baggage Master
Jeff Blackburn – Performance Analyst
Nóra Ní Fhlannagáin – Nutritionist
Amanda Craig – Team Services

Ireland U19 tour fixtures

France U19 v Ireland U19 (Tuesday, 11th April, kick-off 6.30pm local time/5.30pm Irish time, Stade Jules Ladoumègue, Lormont, Bordeaux)

France U19 v Ireland U19 (Sunday, 16th April, kick-off 3pm local time/2pm Irish time
Stade Robert Brettes, Merignac, Bordeaux)