Thursday 29 September 2016

Munster and Ulster look for good start in B&I Cup

Published 13/11/2015 | 02:30

Munster's ‘A’ coach Mick O’Driscoll has named brothers David and Bill Johnston in the starting XV to take on London Scottish (7.45)
Munster's ‘A’ coach Mick O’Driscoll has named brothers David and Bill Johnston in the starting XV to take on London Scottish (7.45)

Munster 'A' coach Mick O'Driscoll has named brothers David and Bill Johnston in the starting XV to take on London Scottish (7.45).

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Bill, the younger of the pair, only joined the Munster academy earlier this week and the out-half arrives with an impressive reputation from his time with Rockwell College.

O'Driscoll has also handed a first start to former Ulster flanker Sean Doyle who signed from the Brumbies on a short-term deal.

Ulster Bank League supporters will recognise the names of London Scottish's former Lansdowne hooker Tyrone Moran and Seapoint's Peter Lydon who signed from Stade Francais. Both are named amongst the replacements.

Munster 'A'- D Johnston; S Fitzgerald, M D'Arcy, C Bohane, R O'Mahony; B Johnston, D Williams; L O'Connor, N Scannell (capt), M Sagario; S McCarthy, B Holland; J Coghlan, S Doyle, S Buckley. Reps: K O'Byrne, R Burke, B Quinlan, S O'Connor, C Oliver, B Kilkenny, C Sheridan, D Sweetnam, D Goggin.

Ulster 'A' endured a wretched British and Irish Cup campaign last season, winning just one of their six pool games and they are handed a tough start as they welcome Bristol to the Kingspan Stadium this evening (7.30).

The English side sit top of the Championship and have been in good form throughout their first nine games of the campaign whereas Ulster lost last month against Leinster.

Former Munster academy scrum-half Paul Rowley is included in the starting XV and the Limerick native will be desperate to make an impression having not seen a lot of game=time since his move from London Welsh.

Bristol include Tommaso Benvenuti who recently featured at the World Cup for Italy.

Ulster 'A' - J McPhillips; R McBurney, C Patterson, M Best, R Lyttle; S Windsor, P Rowley; R Murphy, J Andrew, B Ross; A O'Connor, P Browne; C Ross, W Faloon (capt), S Mulholland. Reps: J Murphy, M Lagan, J Simpson, A Thompson, C Joyce, L Free, A Magrath.

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