Foley To Lead Strong Munster A Side
9th December 2016 By Munster Rugby
Dave Foley will captain a strong Munster A side as Head Coach Peter Malone makes wholesale changes for tomorrow’s British and Irish Cup clash away to Rotherham Titans at 2pm.
Aside from Darren O’Shea, David Johnston and academy talents Vincent O’Brien and Sean O’Connor, Malone names a new look Munster A side as they chase their first win of the campaign following an opening round loss to reigning champions London Welsh at Midleton RFC.
Sam Arnold, Te Aihe Toma, Robin Copeland, Cork Constitution’s Evan Mintern and Young Munster's Dan Walsh are all in line to make their B&I cup debuts for Munster A.
Returning from a pectoral injury sustained in Munster’s win over the Maori All Blacks, James Cronin joins the academy duo of Vincent O’Brien and Brian Scott in the front row.
Dave Foley will captain the side from the second row where he comes in to partner Darren O’Shea, and with Sean O’Connor remaining in situ, Dan Walsh and Robin Copeland complete the back row.
Academy playmaker Bill Johnston, in joining his brother in the starting lineup, makes his first appearance in the a red jersey since overcoming the shoulder injury he sustained at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship and forms a brand new half back partnership with Te Aihe Toma.
A new pairing is also seen in midfield where Sam Arnold and David Johnston start with a back three of academy wingers Greg O’Shea and Calvin Nash, and full back Alex Wootton completing the side.
Munster A: Alex Wootton; Calvin Nash, David Johnston, Sam Arnold, Greg O’Shea; Bill Johnston, Te Aihe Toma; James Cronin, Vincent O’Brien, Brian Scott; Dave Foley – capt., Darren O’Shea; Sean O’Connor, Dan Walsh, Robin Copeland.
Replacements: Liam O’Connor, Peter McCabe, John Madigan, Evan Mintern, Steven McMahon, Steve Crosbie, Cian Bohane.
Rotherham Titans v Munster A, British and Irish Cup, Saturday December 10th at Clifton Lane – KO 2pm.
For live update follow @munsterrugby #BICup on Twitter.
Munster A coming to Ennis
Sunday December 18th gives Munster fans in and around Clare the chance to cheer on Munster A when they bring the return Rotherham Titans fixture to Ennis RFC at 2pm.
Tickets can be bought at the ground on matchday while entry is free for all MRSC members and Ten Year Ticket holders.