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Carr can drive Blues to final

THE fact that three of the four home nations have representation in the British & Irish Cup semi-finals is a testament to a competition that serves a purpose for those bubbling beneath.

Better than that, Ireland boasts two provinces -- no prizes for guessing which ones. This is a relatively new Leinster-Munster rivalry, the latter leading the series 3-2.

Indeed, Munster 'A' have been beaten just once in seven matches this season. They have made the final before and will be determined to do so again.

Leinster are looking to break new ground in this tournament, with both sides aware that the victors will have home-town advantage in the final on April 28. Ireland U20 scrum-half Luke McGrath comes in for broken jaw victim John Cooney to partner Noel Reid.

There is also experience from backs Dave Kearney and Fionn Carr, and forwards Damian Browne and Rhys Ruddock, who is captain.

The winners of this evening's tie will have to wait on the outcome of the second semi-final between the competition favourites, the unbeaten English Championship side, Cornish Pirates, and Welsh club Cross Keys tomorrow.

Verdict: Leinster

BRITISH & IRISH CUP SEMI-FINAL

Leinster A v Munster A, The RDS, Friday 6.0

Leinster A: D Kearney; A Conway, B Macken, C O'Shea, F Carr; N Reid, L McGrath; J McGrath, A Dundon, M Moore, D Browne, M Flanagan, R Ruddock, D Ryan, L Auva'a.

Munster A: S Scanlon; L O'Dea, A N Other, JJ Hanrahan, I Dineen; S Deasy, A N Other; D Kilcoyne, S Henry, J Ryan, B Hayes, I Nagle, A N Other, B O'Mahony, P Butler.


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