Munster ‘A’ head coach Peter Malone has made three changes to the team that defeated Rotherham Titans in Ennis and selected Robin Copeland as captain for Saturday’s British & Irish Cup clash away to Doncaster Knights at Castle Park (kick-off 2.30pm).
Kevin O’Byrne starts at hooker with the Academy’s Fineen Wycherley and Cork Constitution’s Evan Mintern, who moves from the back row, forming a new second row partnership. Wycherley makes his first appearance in the competition.
Another Cork Con representative, scrum half John Poland, is the final personnel change to the starting line-up with Te Aihe Toma making the switch to out-half.
Having featured for a Munster Development XV against the Ireland Under-20s over the festive period, Shannon’s Ronan Coffey and Garryowen’s Bailey Faloon are included in a B&I Cup squad for the first time.
MUNSTER ‘A’ (v Doncaster Knights): David Johnston; Calvin Nash, Sam Arnold, Dan Goggin, Greg O’Shea; Te Aihe Toma, John Poland; Peter McCabe, Kevin O’Byrne, Brian Scott, Fineen Wycherley, Evan Mintern, Dave O’Callaghan, Gavin Coombes, Robin Copeland (capt).
Replacements: Vincent O’Brien, Liam O’Connor, Rory Burke, Ronan Coffey, Bailey Faloon, Cian Bohane, Stephen Fitzgerald.