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Having already fallen behind Pool 3 pace setters Worcester Warriors, Munster A coach Mick O'Driscoll knows that his side must win against Nottingham. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Having already fallen behind Pool 3 pace setters Worcester Warriors, Munster A coach Mick O'Driscoll knows that his side must win against Nottingham. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

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Having already fallen behind Pool 3 pace setters Worcester Warriors, Munster A coach Mick O'Driscoll knows that his side must win against Nottingham. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Munster 'A' will be looking for a repeat of their 11-point victory over Nottingham when they welcome the English Championship side to Temple Hill today (3.00pm).

Mick O'Driscoll's side sit second in Pool 3, four points behind the pace setters, Worcester Warriors.

Former Leinster prop Martin Kelly makes his first appearance for his new province since making the switch last summer and having recovered from an ankle injury, he starts in the front-row alongside Niall Scannell and Alan Cotter.

Academy scrum-half Jamie Glynn makes his first B&I Cup start, while outside him there is plenty of pace with Luke O'Dea and Darren Sweetnam named as the wingers.

Having already fallen behind Worcester, O'Driscoll knows that his side must win this afternoon.

"It is going to be very, very difficult," he admitted.

"The campaign is difficult in that you are playing against a team that is playing Championship rugby week in, week out.

"We have to beat Nottingham and put ourselves in a position to hopefully beat Worcester the following week and then we will see who comes out on top in the group."

Verdict: Munster 'A'

Munster 'A': J Murphy; D Sweetnam, I Dineen, R Scannell, L O'Dea; J Holland, J Glynn; A Cotter, N Scannell, M Kelly; S Buckley, S McCarthy; D O'Callaghan, R Murphy, J O'Donoghue (capt).

Irish Independent