18 May, 12:24
The news today that Ronan O'Gara's long and distinguished playing time is over, brings to a close what was by any standards, a remarkable career.
Dave Kilcoyne joins the Munster A's where Ian Costello has named a side that includes a mixture of senior, academy and club players to take on Connacht A in a pre-season game at the Sportsground on Thursday, ko 3pm.
Luke O’Dea, Sean Scanlon and Philip Donnellan will get some game time starting out against Connacht A and have also been named on the bench for Friday night’s game against London Irish, ko 7pm.
Munster: D Hurley; D Howlett capt, C Laulala, J Downey, J Murphy; I Keatley, D Williams; W du Preez, D Varley, BJ Botha; D Foley, B Holland; D O’Callaghan, S Dougall, J Coughlan.
Replacements: M Horan, S Henry, S Archer, P Donnellan, T O’Donnell, P Butler, P Stringer, S Deasy, S Scanlon, L O’Dea.
Tickets are available for Munster v London Irish online here, from the Munster Rugby ticket offices, the Cork Munster Rugby Store (Maylor St.), and by phone on 061-421103 and 021-4315767
Munster A: L O’Dea; R O’Mahony, I Dineen, S Scanlon, D Barnes; JJ Hanrahan, G Hurley (Cork Con); D Kilcoyne, D Casey, J Ryan; P Donnellan, D O’Shea (Dolphin); S Buckley, B O’Mahony, S Rennison (UL Bohs).
Replacements: J Cronin, G Slattery (Young Munster), C Condon, E Kelly (UL Bohs), J Ryan (Cork Con), J Murphy (Shannon), N Cronin (Garryowen), J Holland, C Hircock, C Bohane, R Mullane (Shannon).