Second Row Hurley To Make Munster Debut – Irish Rugby

Munster will discipline a workforce packed filled with youthful exuberance after they host Benetton Rugby within the closing spherical of the shortened Guinness PRO14 marketing campaign at Thomond Park on Friday (kick-off 6pm).

There will probably be a senior debut for Garryowen’s Cian Hurley, with Diarmuid Barron, Jake Flannery and Paddy Patterson all making their first Munster begins.

Every week forward of the PRO14 closing in opposition to Leinster, 4 Greencore Munster Rugby Academy gamers are set to function – Thomas Ahern and Flannery each begin and Jack Daly and Ben Healy are on the bench.

20-year-old Clonakilty native Hurley is a product of Clonakilty RFC and CBC Cork. He has made 5 appearances for Munster ‘A’ this season and is a member of the IRFU’s Nationwide Expertise squad.

Flannery, who will advance to the Munster senior squad subsequent season, makes his first begin for the province at full-back having performed two earlier video games off the bench.

There may also be a primary begin for hooker Barron on his eleventh look for the province, with on-loan scrum half Patterson is handed his first begin after his debut as a alternative in opposition to the Scarlets final week.

Andrew Conway and Liam Coombes be part of Tipperary teen Flannery within the back-three, Alex McHenry and Rory Scannell mix in midfield, and Patterson could have JJ Hanrahan outdoors him at half-back.

Winger Coombes commented: “Benetton have been fairly unfortunate this 12 months. They clearly haven’t received a win but this season however there have been quite a lot of small moments on the finish of video games which have value them.

“After all in opposition to us it was a drop-goal, in opposition to Connacht it was a last-play attempt from a maul and the final time we performed them in Thomond Park it was a late penalty from JJ on the midway line as properly that gained it.

“They’ve had quite a lot of disruptions this season with Covid and quite a lot of gamers away within the Italian set-up, however I believe it’s a very huge problem this weekend and we’re actually targeted on it.”

The chosen tight 5 has a median age of just below 22, as locks Hurley and Ahern pack down behind a entrance row trio of Liam O’Connor (the elder statesman at 25), Barron and Keynan Knox.

Waterford man Jack O’Donoghue will captain the aspect from blindside flanker, with Jack O’Sullivan reverting to the quantity 8 place and Chris Cloete slotting again in at openside.

Among the many replacements, Matt Gallagher is ready for his first look since sustaining a shoulder damage in November. Stalwart again rower Tommy O’Donnell additionally returns for the primary time since January.

MUNSTER (v Benetton Rugby): Jake Flannery; Andrew Conway, Alex McHenry, Rory Scannell, Liam Coombes; JJ Hanrahan, Paddy Patterson; Liam O’Connor, Diarmuid Barron, Keynan Knox, Cian Hurley, Thomas Ahern, Jack O’Donoghue (capt), Chris Cloete, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Jeremy Loughman, Roman Salanoa, Jack Daly, Tommy O’Donnell, Nick McCarthy, Ben Healy, Matt Gallagher.

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