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Max Deegan to captain Emerging Ireland in Toyota Challenge opener against the Griquas


Leinster's Max Deegan

Leinster's Max Deegan

Leinster's Max Deegan

Max Deegan will captain Emerging Ireland in tomorrow's Toyota Challenge opener against the Griquas in Bloemfontein (12.45 Irish time).

Deegan won his only senior cap against Wales in the 2020 Six Nations, and the Leinster man is joined in the back-row by provincial team-mate Scott Penny and Ulster's David McCann.

Talented young locks Tom Ahern and Joe McCarthy link up in the second-row, with Josh Wycherley, Tom Stewart and Thomas Clarkson named in the front-row.

Ulster scrum-half Nathan Doak will form an exciting half-back partnership with Munster's Jack Crowley.

Stewart Moore and Jamie Osborne link up in midfield, with Robert Baloucoune, Calvin Nash and Shane Daly making up the back-three.

Diarmuid Barron, Michael Milne and Roman Salanoa will provide front-row back-row, with Brian Deeny and John Hodnett doing the same for the second-row and back-row respectively.

Ulster's new recruits half-backs Michael McDonald and Jake Flannery will hope to get a chance to impress, as well centre Antoine Frisch who recently joined from Munster.

Tomorrow's game against the Griquas will be streamed live on IrishRugby.ie.

Emerging Ireland team to play Griquas tomorrow 12.45 Irish time – S Daly; C Nash, J Osborne, S Moore, R Baloucoune; J Crowley, N Doak; J Wycherley, T Stewart, T Clarkson; J McCarthy, T Ahern; D McCann, S Penny, M Deegan (capt). Reps: D Barron, D Milne, R Salanoa, B Deeny, J Hodnett, M McDonald, J Flannery, A Frisch.

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