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Neil Cronin likely to get some game time in Munster friendly

GARRYOWEN scrum-half Neil Cronin (pictured 9) looks likely to make his debut for Munster tomorrow night in Irish Independent Park after being named on the bench for the opening game of the new season against London Irish.
Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan has named an extended 30-man squad for the Kearys Renault Series 2018 clash,kick-off 7.30pm.
Ireland international Tommy O’Donnell will captain Munster for the first time since leading the province to a win over the Maori All Blacks in November 2016.
Stephen Fitzgerald starts at full-back with Calvin Nash and Darren Sweetnam on either flank.
Rory Scannell and Dan Goggin team up in the centres with James Hart and JJ Hanrahan providing the half-back pairing.
Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne and Brian Scott make up the front row with Fineen Wycherley and Darren O’Shea in the engine room.
Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell and Greencore Munster Rugby Academy player Gavin Coombes form the back row.
Tipperary prop Cronan Gleeson, who has trained with the squad during pre-season, is among the front row replacements alongside Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry and Ciaran Parker.
Billy Holland, Jean Kleyn and Academy players Sean O’Connor and Jack Daly complete the forward cover.
New signings Neil Cronin and Mike Haley are among the replacements along with Ian Keatley and Academy trio Jack Stafford, Alex McHenry and Liam Coombes.
Cronan Gleeson, Jack Daly, Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes and Mike Haley are set to make their first senior appearances for Munster in the clash.
The game will see Munster play on the new modified 3G pitch at Irish Independent Park for the first time with the surface installed by Tralee-based company PST Sport over the summer.
The bedding-in process of the new pitch is now underway with two games to be played at the venue in the Kearys Renault Series 2018 over the next two Fridays.
Munster: Stephen Fitzgerald; Calvin Nash, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, James Hart; Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Brian Scott; Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea; Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell (C), Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Mike Sherry, Cronan Gleeson, Dave Kilcoyne, Ciaran Parker, Billy Holland, Jean Kleyn, Sean O’Connor, Jack Daly, Neil Cronin, Jack Stafford, Ian Keatley, Shane Daly, Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes, Mike Haley.
Tickets are available to buy online via Ticketmaster.ie or from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices in Irish Independent Park. Kids go free with our Family Pack – 2 adults and 2 juniors from €30.

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