Sunday 21 January 2018

Nenagh to host 'A' clash with Ulster

The Tipperary venue has not hosted a Munster 'A' game since September 2010 when they beat the Ravens 30-3.
The Tipperary venue has not hosted a Munster 'A' game since September 2010 when they beat the Ravens 30-3.

Daragh Small

Munster 'A' will be hoping for a solid display when they host Ulster Ravens at Nenagh Ormond RFC next Thursday (4.30).

The Tipperary venue has not hosted a Munster 'A' game since September 2010 when they beat the Ravens 30-3.

Conor Murray, Simon Zebo and Dave Foley all played in that victory.

Munster 'A' have not played Ulster Ravens since JJ Hanrahan crossed for a late try and kicked the conversion to help them to a 19-17 victory in September 2012.

Many of the players that make up the current Munster and Ulster senior squads were also on show that day.

This game will first time that Mick O'Driscoll's men have played a competitive fixture since they were knocked out of the British & Irish Cup at the quarter-final stage by Doncaster Knights in January.

The Knights won that game 38-17 at Castle Park on a day where Rory Scannell and Dan Goggin both got tries but Munster 'A' conceded five.

The season began with an impressive 18-8 interprovincial victory away to Leinster at Donnybrook in October.

Munster 'A' followed that win up with a British & Irish Cup success over Moseley but they were subsequently beaten by Worcester Warriors home and away.

O'Driscoll will be hoping to use the occasion to give a run to several more emerging players as Munster plan ahead for the future.

It's a big opportunity for some of the rising stars in the squad to impress and lay down a marker, and a big crowd will be expected at Nenagh.

Irish Independent

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