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Munster A Named to Face Bedford Blues

7th December 2017 By The Editor

Tommy O'Donnell at Munster Rugby Squad Training, UL, Limerick .

Tommy O'Donnell at Munster Rugby Squad Training, UL, Limerick . INPHO/Bryan Keane

Head Coach Peter Malone has named his Munster A side to face Bedford Blues in Irish Independent Park on Friday night (7.45pm) with four changes to the side that defeated Nottingham in round two.

Head Coach Peter Malone has named his Munster A side to face Bedford Blues in Irish Independent Park on Friday night (7.45pm) with four changes to the side that defeated Nottingham in round two.

The three changes to the pack see a mix of youth and experience introduced with academy prop Joey Conway making his B&I Cup debut, academy lock Fineen Wycherley promoted from the bench, and Tommy O’Donnell named following his return from an AC joint injury. 

In the front row Mike Sherry continues at hooker with Jeremy Loughman, who has moved from the Leinster Academy on a three-month development contract, at tighthead prop.   

Wycherley will pack down next to Sean McCarthy in the engine room as the academy duo of Sean O’Connor and Gavin Coombes complete the back row with O’Donnell.

The only change to the backline sees returning Ireland 7s and academy player Alex McHenry return to the midfield. 

Dave Johnston will again captain the side.

In the replacements the academy’s Jack O’Sullivan and UCC prop Bryan O’Connor are in line for B&I Cup debuts.

Munster A:  Stephen Fitzgerald; Jack Power, David Johnston (C), Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes; Bill Johnston, James Hart; Joey Conway, Mike Sherry, Jeremy Loughman; Fineen Wycherley, Sean McCarthy, Sean O’Connor, Tommy O’Donnell, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements:  Duncan Casey, Bryan O’Connor, John Foley, Jack O’Sullivan, John Poland, Conor Fitzgerald, Dave McCarthy.

Entry to the clash is free for all 10yr/Season Ticket holders and MRSC members on production of membership cards or tickets books. Tickets can also be purchased here.

Read the match preview.

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