Friday 23 August 2019

Chance for young stars to impress Van Graan

Johann Van Graan. Photo: Sportsfile
Johann Van Graan. Photo: Sportsfile

John O'Sullivan

Munster coach Johann van Graan says that some of the Munster 'A' players who have represented the province in the Cara Cup in Boston will be given their first team chances before the end of the season, starting with tonight's game away to Benetton.

Munster 'A' defeated The New England Free Jacks 38-19 in Boston last Saturday and then faced Leinster 'A' on Wednesday last.

Players with first-team experience, like Alex Wootton, Dave O'Callaghan and Duncan Williams, featured Stateside and promising Irish U-20 back rower Jack O'Sullivan played on his comeback from a knee ligament injury

Van Graan confirmed that he has been impressed by the progress some of the 'A' team players have made and has recalled some of them to feature in Italy.

"The team performed really well on Saturday in the US. We watched that game. Six guys flew back into Dublin. I have sent them home for a bit of recovery and they will be at the HPC this afternoon," said Van Graan earlier this week.

"A few of them could get game-time on Friday night. Also, it's important that the 'A' team perform well and they really did on Saturday."

Wednesday's team was captained by Jack Stafford, one of nine academy players involved.

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