Wednesday 13 December 2017

Conway out to prove a point

Munster's Andrew Conway. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Munster's Andrew Conway. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Granted he is just returning from a concussion but Andrew Conway has yet to really make an impression on Rassie Erasmus since his arrival.

While Conway will be frustrated having been left off the Champions Cup match-day squad, he gets the chance to prove a point when Munster 'A' welcome London Welsh to Midleton this afternoon.

Tomás O'Leary is another who has fallen out of favour with the new director of rugby and his omission from the original Champions Cup extended squad won't have sat well with the veteran scrum-half.

Both players get a chance to stake their claim today while there is plenty of young players looking to do the same. John Madigan and Darren O'Shea's second-row partnership may give Munster supporters a glimpse of what the future might hold.

Newly-signed out-half Steve Crosbie will partner O'Leary while Trinity College's in-form Colm Hogan starts at full-back. By and large, this is a youthful Munster side and this tournament should be a valuable stepping stone for plenty of them.

Munster 'A' - C Hogan; A Conway, D Johnston, C Bohane (capt), A Wooton; S Crosbie, T O'Leary; P McCabe, V O'Brien, R Burke; J Madigan, D O'Shea; S O'Connor, J Foley, G Coombes.

Reps: L O'Connor, P Kelleher, N Mulcahy, F Wycherley, A Griesel, C Nash, S McMahon.

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