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.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.