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Academy players get their chance to shine tomorrow night

UCC backrow John Hodnett makes his PRO14 debut for Munster when they take on the Southern Kings at Irish Independent Park tomorrow night in the Guinness PRO14 (7.35pm).
John played with Clonakilty RFC and was a Grand Slam-winner with the Ireland U20s last season. Billy Holland captains the side on his 226th Munster appearance. Full-back Mike Haley, Calvin Nash and Shane Daly make up the back three, Dan Goggin and Chris Farrell are named as the centre partnership with Neil Cronin and JJ Hanrahan in the half-backs.
It’s an all-international front row with James Cronin, Niall Scannell and John Ryan named in the starting XV. Fineen Wycherley and Billy Holland start in the second row with Jack O’Donoghue, Hodnett and Arno Botha completing the side.
Two Academy players are among the replacements, prop Keynan Knox and out-half Ben Healy. This is one of three Munster games during the 6 Nations with Head Coach Johann van Graan set to utilise the majority of his squad and spread game-time over the three matches.
Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Chris Farrell, Dan Goggin, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Neil Cronin; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Fineen Wycherley, Billy Holland (C); Jack O’Donoghue, John Hodnett, Arno Botha. Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Keynan Knox, Gavin Coombes, Chris Cloete, Nick McCarthy, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.
Tickets are available to buy on match-day from Irish Independent Park.

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