He joins Leicester Tigers colleague George Ford in the England team, with prop Ryan Bower selected among the replacements.
Sky Sports 4 will show the game live from Treviso.
England beat France 19-8 during the Six Nations and will need to produce a similar display against an in-form French side who beat Australia 31-25 in the final round of pool matches.
Fly-half Ford is the youngest player at JWC 2011 in Italy having only turned 18 on March 16.
England U20: 15 Ben Ransom (Saracens), 14 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), 13 Guy Armitage (London Irish), 12 Owen Farrell (Saracens), 11 Christian Wade (London Wasps), 10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers), 9 Chris Cook (Bath Rugby);1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens), 2 Mikey Haywood (Northampton Saints), 3 Will Collier (Harlequins), 4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), 5 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins), 6 Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors), 7 Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers), 8 Alex Gray (c) (Newcastle Falcons). Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), 17 Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers), 18 Sam Twomey (Harlequins), 19 Sam Jones (London Wasps),20 Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby), 21 Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby), 22 Marland Yarde (London Irish)