MUNSTER ‘A’ head coach Peter Malone is looking forward to the challenge of facing Nottingham in a crucial British and Irish Cup fixture in Limerick’s St Mary’s RFC, Grove Island this Friday night (7.30pm).
Munster ‘A’ and Plymouth Albion are locked together on the top of Pool 4 on 13 points, three ahead of third-placed Nottingham. The winner of each of the six pools will progress to the quarter-finals of the B&I Cup along with the two best runners-up from the six pools.
Munster A complete their programme of B&I Cup fixtures away to Pool 4 basement side Stirling County on Saturday week, January 18.
Peter Malone said: “I think playing at St Mary’s RFC on Friday night will be great, the games we have played away from Cork and Limerick this year have been brilliant out in Bandon and Waterford.
“We’re looking forward to playing in St Mary’s and hopefully there will be a good crowd there and it’s important the team put on a good performance for the fans.
“The pool now comes down to a bit of a shoot-out between ourselves and Plymouth so we have to win our last two games and really target a win against Nottingham this Friday.”
Nottingham are set to include a couple of faces familiar to Limerick rugby fans in their squad for the clash with Munster ‘A’.
Peter Malone explained: “We’ve watched their (Nottingham’s) last few games, we obviously played them previously over in Nottingham and beat them by a point with a late score.
“They’re a big, physical team, similar to Plymouth and they have a good out-half in Matt Jarvis - he’s got a big boot on him and played with Garryowen previously and he was involved with Connacht. Neilus Keogh is involved with them as well - Stephen Keogh’s brother - he’s a second row and is ex-UCC so we have a bit of history with them already and we just have to be sharper than we were and improve the performance.”