Centre Matthew Brayley of Swansea and flanker Rhys Williams of Ebbw Vale are the duo, but at half back is an exciting pairing of Gavin Henson (Swansea) and Andrew Williams (Bath).
With no meeting against Ireland last season due to the foot and mouth epidemic, Wales lead by five wins to four in their previous nine meetings, while in all under-21 matches in the Northern Hemisphere, Wales have won 34 and lost only 10 times.
Backs Gareth Swales, the South African-born Hal Luscombe and Brayley along with lock Griffiths all played in the under-21 A side that drew with England A at Pontypridd in December.
Several of the side have already played in National League rugby, but the most interesting selections are the complete Neath under-21 trio in the front row with the highly-rated hooker Adam Matthews having Paul James and Adam Jones as his props.
Wales under-21: Gareth Swales (Swansea); Liam Roberts (Cardiff), Matthew Brayley (Swansea), Hal Luscombe (Newport), Nicky Jones (UWIC); Gavin Henson (Swansea), Andrew Williams (Bath); Paul James (Neath), Adam Matthews (Neath), Adam Jones (Neath), Alex Davidson (Gloucester & Hartbury Coll)
Bryn Griffiths (Llanelli), Rhys Williams (Ebbw Vale), Gareth Williams (Llanelli), Rhys Jones (UWIC). Replacements: Matthew Miles
(Northampton), Ceiron Jones (Llanelli), Phil John (Llanelli), Damian Hudd (Ebbw Vale)Aled Gravell (Llanelli), Michael Phillips (Llanelli), Nicky Robinson (Cardiff).
1991. Wales won 22-15 (at Newport).
1992. Ireland won 22-11 (at Donnybrook).
1993. No match.
1994. Wales won 27-5 (at Carlow).
1995. Wales won 16-9 (at Glamorgan Wanderers).
1996. Ireland won 20-12 (at Wicklow).
1997. Wales won 44-16 (at Bridgend.
1998. Ireland won 27-25 (at Donnybrook).
1999. Wales won 24-18 (at Caerphilly).
2000. Ireland won 35-17 (at Limerick).
2001. No match.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.