Defending champions England Under 20 have named their side to take on Italy in their opening game of the IRB Junior World Championship at the ECO Light Stadium in Auckland on Monday, kick off 06:35 (BST) live on Sky Sports.
Moriarty, a key figure in England's triumphant campaign last summer, starts on the flank with Gloucester team mate Billy Burns named amongst the replacements.
England last faced their Italian rivals in their final game of the U20 Six Nations, winning 52-5, but Head Coach Nick Walshe says that that result will have no bearing on this game.
"We're looking forward to kicking off this campaign, we've been in New Zealand for over a week now - the lads are acclimatised and have trained well. They've taken real ownership and can't wait to get out there.
"We did well against Italy in the Six Nations but that game has gone, we're focused on performing well in this game and kick-starting our JWC. "
Captain Callum Braley added:
"We've enjoyed our first week in Auckland but now it's time to get down to business. We're excited about the next five games - there's pressure on us, but we have to use that to our advantage and perform as well as we can."
England Under 20 starting XV against Italy
15 Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues)
14 George Catchpole (Leicester Tigers)
13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
12 Harry Sloan (Harlequins)
11 Nathan Earle (Saracens)
10 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)
9 Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby, captain)
1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
2 Tom Woolstencroft (Bath Rugby)
3 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens)
5 Tom Ellis (Bath Rugby)
6 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
7 Gus Jones (London Wasps)
8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)
16 Jack Walker (Leeds Carnegie)
17 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps)
18 Biyi Alo (Saracens)
19 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
20 Joel Conlon (Exeter Cheifs)
21 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University)
22 Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
23 Henry Purdy (Leicester Rugby)
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.