11 Dec, 16:22
Anticipation is building in the Munster camp ahead of the second half of the crucial Heineken Cup double-header against Perpignan.
Felix Jones made his return to action last week for Ian Costello's side and will probably in the running for a place in the Sunday match day 23 in which case local boy Danny Barnes will be in action at his home club.
Another local lad, JJ Hanrahan will be pushing for the back-up spot to Ian Keatley in the Heineken Cup squad while Scott Deasy could be orchestrating Costello's backline on Saturday.
After an impressive showing in Plymouth a week ago expect to see Alan Cotter, Sean Henry and John Ryan in the front line of the pack. Ryan and Cotter each spent a short stint with London Irish earlier, each experienced Premiership rugby and each held their own in that tough environment.
Cotter went over after Ryan returned and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. "It was brilliant. It really was good to see how things are done at another level. I got game time against Worcester Warriors, Northampton and Bath. They (London Irish) were brilliant. Made me feel very welcome. They've a lot of Islanders and they sorta took me under their wing. Looked out for me."
At 6'2" and 17+ stone Cotter wont take much looking out for on Saturday and along with Ryan and Henry will form a formidable front five along with Ian Nagle and possibly Dave Foley who last weekend was in Paris as cover with the senior squad.
B&I Round 2: Munster v Aberavon RFC, Tralee RFC, Saturday October 20th, ko1pm.
There will be cash entry at the gate on Saturday with the following prices: Adults €10, Junior €3, Season and 10 Year Ticket Holders €5 (please show valid season ticket).
MRSC members free of charge (please show membership card).