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Munster name their B&I Cup and women’s teams this week-end

HEAD Coach Peter Malone has named his Munster A side to face Bedford Blues in Irish Independent Park to-night (7.45pm) with four changes to the side that defeated Nottingham in round two.
The three changes to the pack see a mix of youth and experience introduced with academy prop Joey Conway of UL Bohs making his B&I Cup debut, academy lock Fineen Wycherley promoted from the bench, and Tommy O’Donnell named following his return from an AC joint injury.
In the front row Mike Sherry continues at hooker, while the tight-head prop will be confirmed in due course.
The only change to the backline sees returning Ireland 7s and academy player Alex McHenry return to the midfield.
Dave Johnston will again captain the side.
Munster A: Stephen Fitzgerald; Jack Power, David Johnston (C), Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes; Bill Johnston, James Hart; Joey Conway, Mike Sherry, TBC; Fineen Wycherley, Sean McCarthy, Sean O’Connor, Tommy O’Donnell, Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Duncan Casey, Bryan O’Connor, John Foley, Jack O’Sullivan, John Poland, Conor Fitzgerald, Dave McCarthy.
Munster Women named to face Ulster Women
The Munster Women’s team, sponsored by Keane’s jewellers, are back in Interprovincial action on Saturday as Ulster visit Garryowen FC in their second encounter of the campaign (3pm).
There are two changes to the starting side who lost out 19-15 to Connacht in last weekend’s opening game with Laura O’Mahony moving to full-back and Laura Sheehan promoted from the bench to the wing.
Syphonia Pua maintains her spot on the wing with Aine Staunton and Niamh Kavanagh cementing their partnership in the centre.
Rachel Allen follows on from her Interpro debut last weekend at out-half as Ellen Murphy retains her place at scrum-half.
The experienced combination of Fiona Hayes, Gillian Bourke and Fiona Reidy make up the front row.
Siobhan McCarthy and Chloe Pearse are named in the second row as Edel Murphy, Siobhan Fleming (captain) and Ciara Griffin complete the back row.
Replacement Linda McNamara is set to make her Interpro debut from the bench as Leah Lyons, Maura Collins, Zoe Grattage, Roisin Ormond, Anna Caplice, Christine Arthurs and Valerie Power complete the bench.
Munster will round off their Interprovincial campaign against Leinster at Thomond Park on Saturday, December 16, at 2.30pm.
Munster: Laura O’Mahony (UL Bohemian); Laura Sheehan (UL Bohemian), Aine Staunton (UL Bohemian), Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemian), Syphonia Pua (UL Bohemian); Rachel Allen (UL Bohemian), Ellen Murphy (Old Belvedere); Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemian), Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemian), Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemian); Siobhan McCarthy (Railway Union), Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemian); Edel Murphy (UL Bohemian), Siobhan Fleming (Tralee), Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemian).
Replacements: Leah Lyons (Highfield), Maura Collins (Tralee), Zoe Grattage (Highfield), Roisin Ormond (Ballincollig), Anna Caplice (UL Bohemian), Christine Arthurs (Highfield), Valerie Power (Shannon), Linda McNamara (Highfield)*.
*Denotes uncapped at senior Interprovincial level.

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