EIGHT Limerick-based players have been named in the Munster U-19 side to face Australian Schools in a glamour international fixture at Thomond Park on tomorrow, Tuesday, night at 5pm.
Garryowen FCs Steven McMahon will captain Keith Murphy’s side from outside centre. McMahon also skipped the Munster U-19s in the September interprovincial series.
Shannon winger Greg O’Shea starts on the right wing, while his Munster academy colleague Gearoid Lyons in the replacements. Munster’s starting line-up also includes Ardscoil Ris full-back Stephen Fitzgerald, and Crescent College’s JJ O’Neill at inside centre. The Munster pack includes Crescent College’s Michael O’Donnell at tighthead prop, with Frank Bradshaw Ryan, of Shannon, partnering Johnathan Keane in the second row. The back row will include St Munchin’s College’s Ben Kilkenny. Bradshaw-Ryan and O’Donnell were in the Ireland U-19 squad which lost 14-8 to Australia Schools at Ravenhill on Saturday. Two Munster players, scrum-half Jack Cullen, of Bruff RFC, and Sean McNulty, of UCD, started that Ravenhill game.
The Australia Schools opened their Ireland tour with a 27-17 defeat to Leinster U19s Schools last week in Donnybrook.
Ticket Prices: Adult €7, Student & OAP €5, Junior (U-16) €3. Only the West Stand at Thomond Park will be open for the game this Tuesday night.
Munster U-19’s: Stephen Fitzgerald (Ardscoil Ris); Greg O’Shea (Shannon RFC), Steven McMahon Capt (Garryowen FC), JJ O’Neill (Crescent College Comprehensive) Ben Murphy (Highfield); Tomas Quinlan (Cork Con), David O’Mahony (Rockwell); Liam O’Connor (CBC), Jack Boland (Dublin University), Michael O’Donnell (Crescent College Comprehensive); Frank Bradshaw Ryan (Shannon), Johnathan Keane (Crescent College Comprehensive); Ben Kilkenny (St Munchin’s College), Luke O’Leary (UCC), Michael Murphy (Cork Con).Replacements: Luke O’Halloran (St Munchin’s College), Tobi Ademakin (Garryowen FC), Jack O’Halloran (Ard Scoil Ris), Aaron Hogan (UCC), Cormac Blake (Crescent College Comprehensive), John Poland (PBC), Gearoid Lyons (Shannon RFC), Paul Kiernan (PBC).
Australia Schools: Adrian Henley, Harry Jones, Andrew Kellaway Capt., Keith Morgan, James Todd; Mitchell Third, Mitchell Short; Fereti Sa’aga, Alex Mafi, Matt Gibbon; Lachlan Cannell, Maclean Jones; David Morris, Timote Tai, Rohboni Warren Vosayaco. Replacements: Evander Guttenbeil, Vunipola Fifita, Josh Anderson, Lolo Faka’osilea, Jack McCalman, Andrew Deegan, Taane Milne, Henry Hutchinson.