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Munster Junior Side Named To Face Leinster

26th April 2019 By The Editor

Abbeyfeale's Derry O'Connell will captain the side from full-back.

Munster Junior Captain Derry O'Connor in action. INPHO/Bryan Keane

The Munster Junior side to face defending champions Leinster in their opening game of this season’s Interprovincial Series this Saturday, 27 April, at Skibbereen RFC (kick-off 2.30pm).

The Munster Junior side to face defending champions Leinster in their opening game of this season’s Interprovincial Series this Saturday, 27 April, at Skibbereen RFC (kick-off 2.30pm).

Captained from full-back by Abbeyfeale’s Derry O’Connor, the side boasts 13 new caps in the starting XV with another five on the bench.

Experienced Head Coach, John Lillis (Thurles), is assisted by Forwards Coach, Kieran Essex (Bandon).

Lillis is under no illusions about the task his charges face this weekend: “Leinster is always a massive test.

“They won the championship with a clean sweep last season and we know they are going all out to defend their title.

“That said, we have a lot of talent at our disposal this year, and I’m sure we will get massive support down in Skibbereen, particularly with the number of West Cork players involved.”

Munster Juniors v Leinster, Saturday 27 April, Skibbereen RFC, 2.30pm

Munster Juniors: Derry O’Connor (C) (Abbeyfeale); Rob Armstrong (Kinsale), Kerry Desmond (Bandon), Craig O’Connell (Old Christians), Keelan Stephenson (Richmond); Ben Ridgeway (Bandon), Brían Bennett (Richmond); Vinny O’Regan (Fermoy), Scott Kingston (Bandon), Cathal Finn (Charleville); Olan Deane (Clonakilty), Brendan Childs (Galbally); Tom Ferguson (Bandon), Jamie Kind (Crosshaven), Darragh Crowe (Clanwilliam).

Replacements from: Dave McCormick (Clanwillaim), Kieran Shannon (Skibbereen), Ger McCormick (Thurles), Sean Walsh (Clanwilliam), Jack Breen (Skibbereen), Sean Herlihy (Newcastlewest), Eoin Lacey (Fermoy), Gary Kavanagh (Fethard), David Breen (Mallow).

Junior Interprovincial Series 2019

Saturday 27th April: Connacht v Ulster (Castlebar RFC), Munster v Leinster (Skibbereen RFC)

Saturday 4th May: Leinster v Connacht (Wicklow RFC), Ulster v Munster (Ballyclare RFC)

Saturday 11th May: Connacht v Munster (Creggs RFC), Leinster v Ulster (Dundalk RFC)

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