Ford starts at fly-half, with flanker Everard named among the replacements. Leicester Tigers colleague Ryan Bower misses out with Henry Thomas starting at tighthead prop and Will Collier coming on to the bench.
England are looking to win the JWC for the first time, having been beaten finalists in 2007, ’08 and ’09, losing out to the Kiwis each time.
Kick -off in Padova is at 6.10pm (UK time) and the game is being shown live on Sky Sports 2/HD2.
England U20: 15 Ben Ransom (Saracens), 14 Andy Short (Worcester Warriors), 13 Elliot Daly (London Wasps), 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 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks), 4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), 5 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins), 6 Sam Jones (London Wasps), 7 Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors), 8 Alex Gray (c) (Newcastle Falcons). Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), 17 Will Collier (Harlequins), 18 Sam Twomey (Harlequins), 19 Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers), 20 Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby), 21 Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby), 22 Marland Yarde (London Irish)