Peter Malone names Munster A side for quarter-final clash with Leinster

Defending champions Munster face Leinster in the quarter-final of the B&I Cup in Donnybrook on Friday.

The squad for tomorrow’s game contains 12 senior players with eight members of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy in the 22.

Garryowen’s Dave Johnston captains the side with fellow senior players Stephen Fitzgerald, Ronan O’Mahony,Bill Johnston, Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Brian Scott, Darren O’Shea, Dave O’Callaghan and Conor Oliver also in the starting XV.

Fitzgerald starts at full-back with O’Mahony and Young Munster winger Calvin Nash on either flank.

Dave Johnston and Academy player Alex McHenry team up in the centres with Bill Johnston and Academy scrum-half Jack Stafford, who makes his first appearance in this season’s B&I Cup, in the half-backs.

Loughman, O’Byrne and Scott make up the front row with Academy lock Sean O’Connor and O’Shea in the second row.

O’Callaghan, Oliver and Academy no.8 Jack O’Sullivan are in the back row with O’Sullivan collecting two Man of the Match awards for the Ireland U20s in this season’s 6 Nations campaign.

Mike Sherry and Ciaran Parker provide the front row cover with Academy players John Foley, Alan Tynan and Jack Power also included in the squad.

Cork Constitution’s John Poland, who has been training with the squad all season, and Castleisland native Jack Daly of Garryowen complete the replacements.

Munster A: Stephen Fitzgerald; Calvin Nash, Dave Johnston (C), Alex McHenry, Ronan O’Mahony; Bill Johnston, Jack Stafford; Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Brian Scott; Sean O’Connor, Darren O’Shea; Dave O’Callaghan, Conor Oliver, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Mike Sherry, Ciaran Parker, John Foley, Jack Daly, John Poland, Alan Tynan, Jack Power.

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