Friday 23 March 2018

Interpro sides set for battle

Munster U-18 Clubs who played Irish Exiles in their pre-interprovincial warm-up match
Munster U-18 Clubs who played Irish Exiles in their pre-interprovincial warm-up match

All three Munster Interprovincial sides will be in action this weekend with the U-18 Clubs and U-18 Schools at Cork IT on Saturday, September 9.

The Munster U-18 Schools, sponsored by Trend Micro, will seek to avenge their return fixture loss against defending champions Leinster, who claimed a 34-22 win in the opening match of the series at Donnybrook.

The U-18 Clubs side, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, will open their campaign against Connacht as they set out to defend their title.

Nenagh Ormand's Evan Murphy will captain the side in what promises to be a tough challenge from the men of the west.

Munster U-18 Clubs will take on Ulster at Thomond Park in their second interprovincial fixture before travelling to Donnybrook to face Leinster in the final match of the series.

Following a disappointing 13-12 defeat to Leinster in their opening Interprovincial match last weekend, the Munster U-19s, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, will travel to Galway on Sunday to meet Connacht.

Draw sets up crackers

Some exciting games are in prospect following the draw for this year's Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup draw.

Present at the draw were president of the Munster Branch Charlie Buckley, Bertie Smith (chairman of rugby) along with other members of the Branch.

Representing Bank of Ireland was Liam Sheedy, director of Munster, Bank of Ireland. Commenting at the draw Sheedy, said: "We are delighted to sponsor the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup Draw 2017/18.

"Bank of Ireland has a strong presence in Munster and we are committed to supporting communities across the country. "Earlier this year we announced an extension to our partnership with Munster Rugby, this will see the relationship extend into its 25th year in 2023.

"We look forward to another competitive year and exciting competition and would like to wish all Senior Clubs involved every success in the upcoming season."

Buckley, in reply, said that Munster Rugby were delighted to be associated with Bank of Ireland and welcomed the extension of their sponsorship and said it was great to see them being involved in the bedrock of rugby - the clubs.

The draw produced plenty of exciting games.

Cork Constitution, who will be looking to win the trophy for the sixth successive year, face Shannon at Coonagh with the winners taking on Cashel or UCC away.

Last season's runners-up Young Munster will host Highfield in Tom Clifford Park.

First Round: Saturday, September 9:

1) Cashel v UCC

2) Nenagh v UL Bohemian

3) Shannon v Cork Constitution

4) Bruff v Sundays Well

5) Young Munster v Highfield

6) Garryowen v Dolphin

7) Midleton v Old Crescent

Quarter Finals Saturday 21st October:

8) 6 v 5

9) 7 v 2

10) 1 v 3

11) Winner of 4 = bye

Semi-finals: Saturday, December 16

12) 11 v 9

13) 8 v 10

Final: Saturday, January 13: 12 v 13

Irish Independent

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