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Team News | Munster Side To Face Harlequins

February 22, 2024 12:05 pm By The Editor

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Jack O'Sullivan, Jack Daly and Fineen Wycherley start in the Munster pack. Inpho

The Munster team has been named for Friday night’s clash against Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop (7.45pm).

The game will be streamed live on the Harlequins YouTube channel here.

Alex Kendellen captains the 25-man squad that includes a mixture of senior, Academy and talented young club players.

Academy hooker Max Clein and out-half Dylan Hicks (both Garryowen) are set for their first senior Munster appearances.

Clein is a former Crescent College Comprehensive student with Hicks coming up through the ranks at Bantry Bay RFC and Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí.

Academy trio Fionn Gibbons, Shay McCarthy and Ethan Coughlan all start with Clein, Hicks, Mark Donnelly, Daniel Okeke and Tony Butler among the replacements.

Cork Constitution lock Kamil Nowak, who featured against Crusaders, and Shannon RFC back Stephen Kiely, who lined out against Leinster in pre-season, are also on the bench.

Mike Haley starts at full-back after making his return from injury against Scarlets with Gibbons and McCarthy on either wing.

Rory Scannell and Seán O’Brien start together in midfield with O’Brien making his first appearance at centre for Munster. Coughlan and Joey Carbery team up in the half-backs.

Josh Wycherley, Scott Buckley and John Ryan pack down in the front row with Cian Hurley and Fineen Wycherley in the engine room. Hurley made his return to action from a long-term achilles/ankle injury for Garryowen in the AIL last week.

Jack Daly, Kendellen and Jack O’Sullivan complete the starting XV.

Clein, Donnelly and Stephen Archer provide the front-row back-up with Nowak and Okeke completing the forward cover.

Neil Cronin, Butler, Hicks, Colm Hogan and Kiely are the backline replacements.

Munster: Mike Haley; Fionn Gibbons, Seán O’Brien, Rory Scannell, Shay McCarthy; Joey Carbery, Ethan Coughlan; Josh Wycherley, Scott Buckley, John Ryan; Fineen Wycherley, Cian Hurley; Jack Daly, Alex Kendellen (C), Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Max Clein, Mark Donnelly, Stephen Archer, Kamil Nowak, Daniel Okeke, Neil Cronin, Tony Butler, Dylan Hicks, Colm Hogan, Stephen Kiely.

Tickets

U20s 6 Nations Round 3: Friday, February 23

Ireland v Wales, Virgin Media Park, 7.15pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 11: Friday, March 1

Munster v Zebre Parma, Virgin Media Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

U20s 6 Nations Round 5: Friday, March 15

Ireland v Scotland, Virgin Media Park, 7pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 13: Saturday, March 30

Munster v Cardiff Rugby, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

Women’s 6 Nations Round 3: Saturday, April 13

Ireland v Wales, Virgin Media Park, 4.45pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 16: Saturday, May 11

Munster v Connacht, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 18: Saturday, June 1

Munster v Ulster, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets here

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Report | Bonus-Point Win Away To Scarlets

February 16, 2024 10:20 pm By The Editor

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Seán O'Brien dives over for his first Munster try. Inpho

Munster ran out convincing winners by six tries to one at Parc y Scarlets as Graham Rowntree’s side finished strongly to secure a bonus-point win in Round 10 of the BKT United Rugby Championship.

Mike Haley and RG Snyman returned from injury to make their first starts of the season as Munster built on a 14-0 half time lead to wrap up their first away win in the competition since winning the final in Cape Town last May.

Munster’s defence was excellent when called upon and the pack delivered the bonus point with four tries before the win was completed out wide by Sean O’Brien and from deep by Academy player Shay McCarthy.

Gavin Coombes brought his Munster haul to 42 tries in 88 appearances with two trademark scores, while Jack O’Sullivan also scored after a tapped penalty and lock Tom Ahern again showed his pace out wide to score.

Ahern and Snyman, both 6’9”, completed the biggest lock partnership to compete in the league’s history and both made big contributions to this win.

Munster led 14-0 at the break with Coombes going over twice after tapped penalties. Joey Carbery was flawless off the tee and kicked all six conversions, some of them from out wide.

Scarlets hit back after the break and Joe Roberts pulled back a fine try after being sent through by his centre partner Eddie James.

But Munster resumed control and O’Sullivan got over for the third try after a tapped penalty.

The bonus point was secured by Ahern after an inside pass from Sean O’Brien after 66 minutes.

And then O’Brien got in for his first Munster try seven minutes from time when he held off tackles to score in the right corner.

The night in Llanelli ended on a high for Munster when academy player Shay McCarthy got his second try for the province after a break from inside their own half by Carbery and Shane Daly.

URC Round 1o Round-Up

Three Academy players featured in the win, Ruadhán Quinn, Ethan Coughlan and Shay McCarthy with McCarthy scoring his first URC try.

RG Snyman and Mike Haley made their first appearances of the season.

Seán O’Brien scored his first Munster try.

Gavin Coombes was named Player of the Match.

Ruadhán Quinn and RG Snyman both departed for a HIA.

Munster: Mike Haley (Shay McCarthy, 72); Seán O’Brien, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell (Rory Scannell, 64); Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray (Ethan Coughlan, 47-53 & 64); Jeremy Loughman (Josh Wycherley, 49), Niall Scannell (Eoghan Clarke, 67), Oli Jager (John Ryan, 52); Tom Ahern, RG Snyman (Fineen Wycherley, 41-44 & 53); Ruadhán Quinn (Jack O’Sullivan, 44), Alex Kendellen (C), Gavin Coombes.

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