DUE to the cancellation of Munster’s pre-season friendly fixture with Bath, the squad will instead play a 60-minute challenge match between two Munster XV’s.
One side will wear Munster’s new red home kit wile their opposition will tog out in Munster’s grey away kit, Jack O’Donoghue and Rory Scannell have been named captain’s of the red and grey teams respectively.
Simon Zebo is set to make his long awaited return to Thomond Park as he is named to start at full-back for the grey team, new recruit Ronan Osbourne will make his first appearance in red as he starts at scrum-half.
Alex Kendellen and Daniel Okeke are among 10 Greencore Munster Rugby Academy members involved in the fixture. Also involved are eight of the nine Academy members who moved up to the senior squad this summer, namely Thomas Ahern, Jack Crowley, Jack Daly, Jake Flannery, James French, Seán French, Ben Healy and Josh Wycherley.
Players are also expected to line out for both sides on the day as the coaches rotate the selections to manage game-time.
Sadly, There will be no live stream of the Munster Challenge Match. However, supporters who purchased tickets to the original fixture vs Bath will be granted access.
Take a look at the teams below:
Munster Red: Matt Gallagher; Seán French, Calvin Nash, Alex McHenry, Conor Phillips; Jack Crowley, Rowan Osborne; Liam O’Connor, Scott Buckley, Keynan Knox; Jean Kleyn, Thomas Ahern; Jack O’Donoghue (C), Jack Daly, Daniel Okeke.
Replacements: James French, Mark Donnelly, Roman Salanoa, Neil Cronin, Ben Healy.
Munster Grey: Simon Zebo; Jonathan Wren, Liam Coombes, Rory Scannell (C), Ethan Coughlan; Jake Flannery, Paddy Patterson; Josh Wycherley, Diarmuid Barron, Stephen Archer; Cian Hurley, Paddy Kelly; TBC, Chris Cloete, Alex Kendellen.
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