Saturday 17 March 2018

Spicy showdown in store for Clubs

English Counties v Ireland Clubs, Preston Grasshoppers RFC, Tonight (KO 7.30)

The Irish Clubs will look to build on last week's 26-21 win over their Scotland equivalents in what should be a physical battle at Wade Dooley's old club in Preston.

An injury to Simon Crawford means the captaincy passes into the capable hands of Cork Con scrum-half Gerry Hurley. Half-a-dozen Leinster-based men start.

Verdict: Ireland

Ireland: R McBurney (Ballymena); C Aherne (Lansdowne), K Lett (Clontarf), M Kelliher (Young Munster), C Quinn (Cork Con); C Ronaldson (Lansdowne), G Hurley (Cork Con, capt); R Sweeney (St Mary's), G Slattery (Young Munster), C Condon (Dolphin), P Donnellan (Cork Con), F Walsh (Shannon), L óg Murphy (Young Munster), B O'Mahony, F Cogan (both Clontarf).

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