Limerick teenager Fitzgerald set for Munster senior debut

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Limerick teenager Fitzgerald set for Munster senior debut

LIMERICK teenager Conor Fitzgerald is set to make his Munster senior debut in Friday night’s pre-season friendly against Zebre.

Out-half Fitzgerald, who featured for Limerick in the 2014 All-Ireland minor final, has impressed since being called into the Munster squad for pre-season training in recent weeks.

Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus confirmed that Fitzgerald will see gametime in Friday night’s pre-season friendly with Zebre at the Waterford RSC, 7pm.

Ireland U-19 international Fitzgerald, who was a key figure for Ardscoil Ris in their recent Munster Schools Senior Cup campaigns, was due to receive his Leaving Cert results this Wednesday.

Fitzgerald's older brother Stephen has also featured for the Munster senior side in previous seasons and is in his third year in the Munster Academy.

South African Erasmus said: “Young fly-half Conor Fitzgerald is going to do well. He's been training from the beginning with us but he's a young guy.

“He's going to get an opportunity this weekend and sometimes guys like that get an opportunity and they just take it. There's also pressure on some guys like that to come and perform all of a sudden.”

Munster out-half Johnny Holland is struggling with a hamstring injury, while Kiwi number 10 Tyler Bleyendaal is set to feature for Munster in their second pre-season game against Worcester Warriors on Friday week.

Experienced out-half Ian Keatley will feature for Munster this Friday night.

Young Munster centre Dan Goggin is also set to see gametime in Friday's fixture against Pro12 side Zebre.