Munster ‘A’ side to face Leinster named

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Stephen Fitzgerald starts on the wing for Munster A's interprovincial clash with Leinster A at Donnybrook this Wednesday, 5pm
MUNSTER ‘A’ Head Coach Mick O’Driscoll has named a youthful side for this Wednesday’s A Interprovincial clash with Leinster at Donnybrook, 5pm.

MUNSTER ‘A’ Head Coach Mick O’Driscoll has named a youthful side for this Wednesday’s A Interprovincial clash with Leinster at Donnybrook, 5pm.

Niall Scannell will captain the side at hooker, with his younger brother Rory also named in the starting line-up.

Joining Scannell in the front row are John Ryan and academy loosehead Liam O’Connor with Cork Constitution’s Brian Hayes and the sub-academy’s Frank Bradshaw Ryan, of Shannon RFC, partnering up in the second row.

Academy recruit Ben Kilkenny and senior duo Jordan Coghlan and Shane Buckley complete the pack at six, seven and number eight respectively.

Ryan Foley and Rory Scannell form an all-academy half-back partnership while Matt D’Arcy makes his first Munster ‘A’ appearance in joining the academy’s Ned Hodson in the midfield.

Stephen Fitzgerald and Steven McMahon complete the strong representation for the Greencore Munster Academy in the starting XV and join Darren Sweetnam in the back three.

In naming an extended matchday squad, O’Driscoll also includes a number of Munster’s Interprovincial winning U20 representatives - Kelvin Browne (Young Munster) as well as Sean O’Leary, John Poland (both Cork Constitution), with Con prop Brendan Quinlan also included in the matchday 25.

MUNSTER ‘A’: Steven McMahon; Stephen Fitzgerald, Ned Hodson, Matt D’Arcy, Darren Sweetnam; Rory Scannell, Ryan Foley; Liam O’Connor, Niall Scannell (Capt), John Ryan; Brian Hayes, Frank Bradshaw Ryan; Ben Kilkenny, Jordan Coghlan, Shane Buckley. Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Brendan Quinlan, JP Phelan, Rory Burke, Sean O’Leary, Kelvin Browne, Conor Oliver, John Poland, Tomas Quinlan, Alex Wootton.