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 Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
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.