Garryowen’s Dave McCarthy captains Munster Development side for tie with Ireland 20’s

Garryowen’s Dave McCarthy captains Munster Development side for clash with Ireland 20’s.

The Munster Development side has been named for tomorrow’s clash against an Ireland U20s XV at Thomond Park tomorrow (Friday, December 29, 1pm).

Head Coach Peter Malone has named a very youthful side with Garryowen centre Dave McCarthy captaining the team.

Five Greencore Munster Rugby Academy players will be involved as Liam Coombes (Garryowen) and Jack Power (Clontarf) start on the wings, Joey Conway (UL Bohs) starts at loosehead prop, John Foley (Shannon) at no.8, with Rob O’Donovan (UCC) among the replacements.

Young Munster’s Conor Hayes starts at full-back with Kieran Dunne of Shannon and McCarthy forming the centre pairing.

Dolphin scrum-half Colin Sisk and UCC out-half Peter Sylvester make up the half-back pairing.

Conway in joined in the front row by UCC’s Tadhg McCarthy and Bryan O’Connor with Shannon man Ronan Coffey and Garryowen lock Mikey Wilson in the second row.

Sean Duffy of Cork Constitution and Garryowen’s Jack Daly join Foley in the back row.

Dave McCarthy, Coffey and O’Connor all featured for the Ireland U20s last week as they suffered a narrow defeat to a Leinster Development team.

The game will give new Ireland 20’s assistant coach Paul O’Connell, and new head coach Noel McNamara another chance to have a look at their side as preperation continues for the Six Nations, former Ireland Women’s head coach Tom Tierney is also on the coaching ticket.

Entry is free to this game.

Munster: Conor Hayes (Young Munster), Jack Power (Clontarf/Academy), Kieran Dunne (Shannon), Dave McCarthy (Garryowen) (C), Liam Coombes (Garryowen/Academy); Peter Sylvester (UCC), Colin Sisk (Dolphin); Joey Conway (UL Bohs/Academy), Tadhg McCarthy (UCC), Bryan O’Connor (UCC); Ronan Coffey (Shannon), Mikey Wilson (Garryowen); Sean Duffy (Cork Constitution), Jack Daly (Garryowen), John Foley (Shannon/Academy).

Replacements: John Hodnett (UCC), Josh Wycherley (Cistercian College Roscrea), Pat Casey (Cork Constitution), Rob O’Donovan (UCC/Academy), Denis Broderick (Midleton RFC), Charlie Carmody (Shannon), John Poland (UCC), Ben Healy (Glenstal Abbey), Evan O’Gorman (Young Munster).

Munster Development XV v Ireland U20 XV, Friday 29th December 2017, Thomond Park, 1pm.

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