Munster have named a strong side that includes Ireland internationals Mick O’Driscoll and Peter Stringer for thepening British & Irish Cup clash with Cornish Pirates at Clonmel RFC on Friday (kick-off 7pm).
But besides the experienced Mick O’Driscoll and Peter Stringer, Munster ‘A’ head coach Ian Costello is able to call on players such as Tommy O’Donnell, Stephen Archer, Scott Deasy, Tom Gleeson and skipper Billy Holland who all boast RaboDirect PRO12 experience.
And Munster ‘A’ will need all that experience against a visiting side who are enjoying a rich vein of form right now.
The Cornish Pirates have not been beaten in five games since losing in Bedford in early October and are leading the Championship by a point over Bristol.
Last time out they beat the Andre Bester-coached Rotherham Titans 30-13 and fifteen of that matchday squad will be on duty in Clonmel.
MUNSTER ‘A’ (v Cornish Pirates): Luke O’Dea; Ronan O’Mahony, Tom Gleeson, JJ Hanrahan, Simon Zebo; Scott Deasy, Peter Stringer; David Kilcoyne, Sean Henry, Stephen Archer, Mick O’Driscoll, Ian Nagle, Billy Holland, Tommy O’Donnell, Paddy Butler.
Replacements: Duncan Casey, John Ryan, David Foley, Brian O’Hara, Duncan Williams, Corey Hircock, Darren Moroney (UL Bohemians).