Ryan returns for Munster in boost to Irish hopes

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella

Ryan returns for Munster in boost to Irish hopes

SECOND-ROW Donnacha Ryan is named in a Munster A/Development squad side which takes on Ireland U-20s at Thomond Park on Thursday, 5pm.

Ryan’s inclusion, after he had been sidelined since sustaining concussion in Munster’s defeat to Connacht last month, is a boost to his hopes of being included in Ireland’s squad to tour South Africa this summer.

Ryan has now completed his return to play protocols following that concussion sustained at the Sportsground in Galway.

While naming a largely developing squad, Munster A head coach Mick O'Driscoll also calls on the experience of two other senior representatives in Niall Scannell, and Robin Copeland.

The squad includes eight of Munster's 2015 Interprovincial winning U20s squad with John Foley, Evan Mintern, Dan Walsh, John Poland and Paul Kiernan starting, and Shane O'Hanlon, Barra O'Byrne and Tom McHale named in the replacements. 

Walsh, Poland and Kiernan all lined out for the Ireland U20s in this year's 6 Nations.

Shannon's John Foley is named in the back-row at number eight.

Garryowen's Jamie Gavin will start at out-half with Shannon's Robbie Deegan included in midfield.

The Munster academy's Steven McMahon, of Garryowen, is named on a wing.

MUNSTER A: Conor Kearns; Aaron Spring, Robbie Deegan, Paul Kiernan, Steven McMahon; Jamie Gavin, John Poland; Liam O'Connor, Niall Scannell (Capt), Brian Scott; Evan Mintern, Donnacha Ryan; Robin Copeland, Dan Walsh, John Foley. Replacements from: Adam Moloney (St Munchin's College), Shane O'Hanlon (UCC), Tony Cusack (Shannon), Ben Mitchell (UCC), Barra O'Byrne (UCC), Conor Oliver, Ben Kilkenny, Jason Higgins (Cork Con), Joey Purcell (Garryowen), Tom McHale (Cashel).