SOUTH African back-row CJ Stander has been included in the Munster ‘A’ side for this Friday night’s crucial British and Irish Cup tie with Plymouth Albion at Waterford RSC (7.30pm).
Stander, who was included in Munster’s Heineken Cup squad for last weekend’s clash with Perpignan, coming on as a late replacement, is named at number eight for the Round 4 B&I Cup tie with table toppers Plymouth.
Stander’s inclusion in Peter Malone’s ‘A’ side would appear to indicate that fit-again Tommy O’Donnell will be named in Munster’s Heineken Cup squad to face Perpignan this weekend when it is announced at lunchtime tomorrow, Friday.
In all, there are seven changes to the Munster A side beaten 17-7 by Plymouth last week with academy players Darren Sweetnam, Niall Kenneally and debutant Alex Wootton, of Garryowen FC, coming into the backline.
Experienced Cork Con scrum-half Gerry Hurley also comes into the backs and the forwards have been bolstered by the inclusion of Billy Holland, Barry O’Mahony and Stander.
There’s a positional change for last week’s try-scorer Ronan O’Mahony as he starts at full-back with Dolphin’s Sweetnam coming into the side on the right wing.
Cork Con’s Kenneally is making his first start for the side and he partners Cian Bohane of Dolphin in the centres with Garryowen’s Wootton on the left wing.
Young Munster centre Dan Goggin has been named on the Munster A replacements bench for the first time with fellow club players Max Abbott (Cork Con) and Brian Scott (Dolphin).
MUNSTER A: Ronan O’Mahony; Darren Sweetnam, Cian Bohane, Niall Kenneally, Alex Wootton; Johnny Holland, Gerry Hurley; Alan Cotter, Niall Scannell (Capt), John Ryan; Ian Nagle, Billy Holland; Dave O’Callaghan, Barry O’Mahony, CJ Stander. Replacements: Max Abbott, Brian Scott, Darren O’Shea, Shane Buckley, Brian Haugh, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell.