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Holland Returns To Munster ‘A’ Side

Holland Returns To Munster ‘A’ Side

Munster ‘A’ head coach Mick O’Driscoll has named his team for Sunday’s British & Irish Cup round 5 clash with Yorkshire Carnegie at Lockwood Park (kick-off 3pm).

All three front row forwards will make their first B&I Cup starts with Cork Constitution’s Brendan Quinlan and Eddie Rossiter from Old Belvedere packing down alongside senior representative Peter McCabe, who returns to provincial action after sustaining a pectoral tear during Munster’s pre-season.

Shannon’s Lee Nicholas comes in to join Munster Academy member Sean McCarthy in the second row, while Sean Doyle joins Jordan Coghlan and captain Shane Buckley in the back row.

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Having rehabbed a long-term hamstring injury, out-half Johnny Holland makes a welcome return to the Munster ‘A’ side. He partners Duncan Williams at half-back, and Academy talent Dan Goggin is another player returning to the starting line-up, teaming up with Cian Bohane in the midfield.

The final two of ten changes in all are seen in the back-three where Gerhard van den Heever and the Academy’s Stephen Fitzgerald take charge of the left and right wings respectively. In a week in which he signed a senior contract with the province (starting next season), Academy ace David Johnston starts again at full-back.

Should he feature from the bench, Young Munster’s Shane Fenton will make his first B&I Cup appearance. In overcoming a long-term neck/shoulder injury, if introduced, Academy prop Brian Scott will make his first B&I Cup appearance since April 2014.

MUNSTER ‘A’ (v Yorkshire Carnegie): David Johnston; Stephen Fitzgerald, Dan Goggin, Cian Bohane, Gerhard van den Heever; Johnny Holland, Duncan Williams; Brendan Quinlan, Eddie Rossiter, Peter McCabe, Lee Nicholas, Sean McCarthy, Jordan Coghlan, Sean Doyle, Shane Buckley (capt).

Replacements: Shane Fenton, Brian Scott, Ben Kilkenny, Conor Oliver, Ryan Foley, Ned Hodson, Darren Sweetnam.