Despite an excellent start that saw Munster A bag the opening try of the game, London Welsh ultimately made their greater experience and physicality tell in defeating Peter Malone's charges 15-30 in the opening round of the British and Irish Cup at Midleton RFC this afternoon.
A strong side has been named for Munster A's British and Irish Cup opener against London Welsh at Midleton RFC tomorrow with Head Coach Peter Malone including the likes of captain Cian Bohane, Tomás O'Leary and Andrew Conway alongside a wealth of emerging provincial talent.
Munster A Head Coach Peter Malone looks ahead to this season's British and Irish Cup, plus we have all the ticket and matchday information you need for the province's campaign opener against London Welsh at Midleton RFC this Saturday - ko 2.30pm.
Elite Player Development Officer Greig Oliver on strong Academy representation in this season's Champions Cup squad, the upcoming British and Irish Cup clashes and good news on the injury front for Greg O'Shea and Bill Johnston.
A wide range of tickets and packages are now available for Munster's upcoming clashes against London Scottish in the B&I Cup this Saturday and Glasgow Warriors in the opening round of the European Champions Cup a week later.
Munster will enter the competitive season off the back of a comprehensive half-century victory over Worcester Warriors. In total they ran in seven tries with James Cronin, Simon Zebo, Darren Sweetnam, Ronan O'Mahony, Ian Keatley and Cian Bohane all crossing the whitewash with the scrum yielding a penalty try.
It may have been an August preseason encounter but one could be forgiven for thinking it was late November with unseasonable wintry conditions greeting the 2,300-plus support base in East Munster tonight for the first round of the Kearys Renault Series.
The 2016/17 British & Irish Cup sees Munster A drawn in Pool 2 where they will face London Welsh, Doncaster Knights and Rotherham Titans. At this morning's launch the Pool weekends were also confirmed with the Munstermen opening their campaign at home to London Welsh.
In addressing media at this afternoon's press session, Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald confirmed that Rassie Erasmus will join Munster Rugby as Director of Rugby at the start of the 2016/17 season while Assistant Coach Ian Costello and Technical Advisor Mick O'Driscoll are to leave the province at the end of the current campaign.