Saturday 23 September 2017

Dilemma for Munster and Ireland fans

Rassie Erasmus' Munster side take on Edinburgh tonight. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Rassie Erasmus' Munster side take on Edinburgh tonight. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Munster rugby supporters will be spoilt for choice this weekend, but tonight there will be some especially tough choices to make.

As well as the club action locally, Rassie Erasmus' side take on Edinburgh tonight in their rearranged Pro12 clash at Myreside, while 40 miles west of there, the Ireland U-20s and Women's teams will both be in action too.

Considering that the U-20s feature six players from the province in their match-day 23, and Tom Tierney's Women's team has five Munster players, there is sure to be some split loyalties tonight.

Colm Hogan, Joey Conway and Fineen Wycherley will all start for the first time at U-20 level tonight in Broadwood Stadium in Glasgow, while their provincial team-mates Adam Moloney, Jack Lyons and Conor Fitzgerald are likely to appear from the bench.

That U-20 side features just two players with previous experience at the grade - Connacht's Cillian Gallagher and Ulster's Johnny McPhillips - so there are plenty of starting berths up for grabs.

That game is part of an attractive double-header at the venue, as the Ireland Women's team launch their campaign against the hosts.

Munster's Niamh Kavanagh, Leah Lyons and Ciara Griffin have been listed as starters for that game by Tierney, while Elaine Anthony and former Clare camogie player Eimear Considine are among the replacements.

"There's some new caps in the side for this Friday, and those players have performed really well in the camps that we've had over the previous number of weeks. So now it's their chance to transfer what they've been doing in training into the international arena," said coach Tierney.

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