Team Announcement | Munster A Named For Celtic Cup Opener
6th September 2018 By The Editor
The Munster A team to face Connacht A in The Celtic Cup at 5.30pm on Friday evening at Irish Independent Park has been named by Head Coach Peter Malone.
Darren O’Shea captains the side with 10 Greencore Munster Rugby Academy players included along with a number of senior and club players.
It is an all-senior back three as Stephen Fitzgerald starts at full-back with Calvin Nash and Alex Wootton on either flank.
An Academy centre pairing of Alex McHenry and Matt More is outside the senior half-back partnership of James Hart and Bill Johnston.
Academy hooker Diarmuid Barron starts with senior props Jeremy Loughman and Ciaran Parker on either side of the scrum.
Darren O’Shea and Academy man Sean O’Connor are partnered together in the engine room.
The back row includes UCC’s John Hodnett and Academy players Jack Daly and Gavin Coombes.
Young Munster and former PBC hooker Billy Scannell, brother of senior players Niall and Rory, is among the replacements.
Nenagh prop Cronan Gleeson, who featured for the senior squad in the Kearys Renault Series 2018, is included in the squad along with Academy prop Keynan Knox.
Cork Constitution’s Evan Mintern and Young Munster man Dan Walsh also take their place among the replacements along with Academy trio Jack Stafford (scrum-half), Ben Healy (out-half) and Liam Coombes (back three).
Munster A: Stephen Fitzgerald; Calvin Nash, Matt More, Alex McHenry, Alex Wootton; Bill Johnston, James Hart; Jeremy Loughman, Diarmuid Barron, Ciaran Parker; Darren O’Shea (C), Sean O’Connor; Jack Daly, John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Billy Scannell, Cronan Gleeson, Keynan Knox, Evan Mintern, Dan Walsh, Jack Stafford, Ben Healy, Liam Coombes.
Connacht Eagles: Darragh Leader; Rory Scholes, Kieran Joyce, Peter Robb, Colm de Buitléar; Conor Fitzgerald, James Mitchell; Matthew Burke, Tom McCartney (C), Conor Carey; Peter Claffey, Joe Maksymiw; Cillian Gallagher, Cian Huxford, Mikey Wilson.
Replacements: Jonny Murphy, Jordan Duggan, Conor Kenny, Cormac Daly, Neal Moylett, Conor McKeon, Conor Dean, Sean O’Brien.
Celtic Cup Round 1
Friday, September 7
Munster A v Connacht A, Irish Independent Park, 5.30pm
Entry to all three home Celtic Cup round games are free for Full and Associate members of the MRSC.
Family Pack (two Adults and two Junior): €20
All tickets are general admission.