MUNSTER have been boosted by the inclusion of international back-row Tommy O’Donnell on the replacements’ bench for the province’s ‘A’ side’s British and Irish Cup clash with Plymouth Albion at Brickfields this Friday night, 7.45pm.
O’Donnell has been out of action since September after injuring his knee against Zebre and wasn’t expected back for another week, but is fit enough to be included in Peter Malone’s squad.
Head Coach Malone has made four changes to the starting line-up from that which defeated Nottingham at Meadow Lane in October.
Fit-again Luke O’Dea and Ian Nagle have been drafted into the side with Niall Scannell replacing Duncan Casey as hooker and Ryan Murphy replacing Barry O’Mahony in the back row. Casey’s omission indicates the Shannon clubman will be included on the replacements bench for Munster’s Heineken Cup clash with Perpignan on Sunday.
Coach Malone has decided to keep the half-back partnership of Duncan Williams and Johnny Holland intact with the centre pairing of Ivan Dineen and Cian Bohane also remaining unchanged.
Ronan O’Mahony switches to the wing with Rory Scannell taking his place at full-back.
Niall Scannell is the only change in the front row with props Alan Cotter, of Young Munster, and John Ryan keeping their places in the side.
Munster A: Rory Scanell; Luke O’Dea, Cian Bohane, Ivan Dineen, Ronan O’Mahony; Johnny Holland, Duncan Williams; Alan Cotter, Niall Scanell, John Ryan; Dave Foley, Ian Nagle; Dave O’Callaghan, Ryan Murphy, Shane Buckley. Replacements: Max Abbott, Brian Scott, Darren O’Shea, Tommy O’Donnell, Gerry Hurley, Niall Kenneally, Alex Wootton.