Saturday 24 March 2018

McEntee on 'A' mission

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

LEINSTER will look to take their second win from as many games in the British & Irish Cup tonight when Plymouth Albion visit Skerries RFC (6.30).

It's the second year of a competition that is gaining credibility in light of the performance of Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership so far this season -- they have won five of their 10 games in the English top-flight.

Leinster coach Colin McEntee has a smattering of experience among his young side with Stephen Keogh, Ed O'Donoghue and Rhys Ruddock in the pack. Clontarf scrum-half Paul O'Donohoe skippers the side, with McEntee believing the competition plays an important role in the development of players.

"As coaches, it gives us all an opportunity to assess all of the hard work that has gone into training over the last few weeks. I know that Joe (Schmidt) and the senior management see the enormous benefits of the British & Irish Cup," he said.

Leinster edged a tight encounter in last year's competition with Shaun Berne in fine form with the boot. Ian McKinley starts at 10 this time around with Michael Keating forming an exciting back-three alongside Sam Coghlan-Murray and full-back Niall Morris.

Leinster 'A' -- N Morris; S Coghlan-Murray, B Macken, N Reid, M Keating; I McKinley, P O'Donohoe; J McGrath, T Sexton, S Maguire; E Sheriff, E O'Donoghue; R Ruddock, J Murphy, S Keogh. Reps: A Dundon, B Prescott, M Flanagan, B Marshall, J Cooney, D Hudson, A Boyle.

Irish Independent

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