Munster’s O’Donnell in line for Ireland call-up

MUNSTER flanker Tommy O’Donnell is in contention to win his first Ireland cap - against Scotland in Murrayfield this Sunday (2pm).

MUNSTER flanker Tommy O’Donnell is in contention to win his first Ireland cap - against Scotland in Murrayfield this Sunday (2pm).

Should 25-year-old O’Donnell find himself in the match-day squad for the Edinburgh international when it is announced later today, it would cap a terrific season for the UL-Bohs player who won a Limerick Charity Cup medal with his club at the start of the season.

O’Donnell has made 14 appearances for Munster this season, including two in the Heineken Cup.

The dynamic O’Donnell, who played for the Irish Wolfhounds against England Saxons last month, was called into the squad when it was confirmed that fellow back rower Chris Henry had suffered a cartilage tear to his right knee while playing for Ulster in the PRO12 last weekend, ruling him out for four weeks. O’Donnell’s Munster team-mate James Coughlan is also in the running to be named in Declan Kidney’s match day squad to face the Scots when it is announced later. O’Donnell’s UL-Bohs and Munster clubmate Dave Kilcoyne is in the running to be selected at loosehead prop in the Irish side looking to record a much-needed win over Scotland

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that TG4 will provide a deferred showing of Munster’s crucial RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Benetton Treviso at the Stadio di Monigo on Sunday at 5.15pm. The game is due to kick-off at 2pm Irish time in a direct clash with Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Scotland.

Meanwhile, in the AIL, second-placed Young Munster will look to keep their title bid alive, when they travel to Castle Avenue to face Clontarf on Saturday. The weekend’s action begins on Friday night when Garryowen will hope to get their faltering title bid back on track against local rivals UL-Bohs under the Dooradoyle floodlights (7.30pm). Relegation-threatened Shannon host Old Belvedere in a crucial fixture on Saturday at 2.30pm. In Division 1B, Bruff face Belfast Harlequins at Deramore Park, while in 2A, Old Crescent go to Greystones. In 2B, Thomond take on Suttonians at JJ McDowell Memorial Grounds.