Thursday 30 March 2017

Munster 'a' mix old with new

WITH a mixture of the old guard and young guns, Munster 'A' get their British and Irish Cup campaign under way in Cashel against Cornish Pirates tonight (7.0), writes Ruaidhri O'Connor.

Mick O'Driscoll and Peter Stringer will add experience to a team packed with exciting young talent and the form of Simon Zebo, Scott Deasy, Paddy Butler and Ian Nagle will be closely watched by Munster fans on the lookout for fresh talent.

The Pirates are unbeaten in five matches and have won both of their games so far. The English teams kicked off the competition early and it means that Munster and the Irish provinces are playing catch-up at this stage.

Ulster take on Doncaster at Belfast's Deramore Park tonight (7.30), with the visitors set to include former Ulster back David McIlwaine and ex-Blackrock College players Royce Burke-Flynn and Zac Farivarz in their line-up.

Gary Longwell will field a side that includes impressive centre Ian Whitten and a strong back-row of Ali Birch, Mike McComish and Robbie Diack.

The Ulster coach is glad to have some more experienced players at his disposal.

"Having that sort of quality in our pack will hopefully provide our youthful back-line with a good platform to launch off," said Longwell.

"We expect Doncaster to be physical up front and we know they have the ability to hurt us if we don't play to our potential."

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