Tonight, it is the turn of the progressive Kinsale club to join the list of venues when Yorkshire Carnegie throw down the gauntlet to Munster A in a game that will help the host club celebrate the installation of new match- efficient floodlights on the main pitch at Snugmore (8 pm).
Kinsale RFC are well used to the challenge of hosting big crowds through their long running Kinsale Sevens tournament. Accordingly, to ensure drivers can make it to the venue as painlessly as possible, the club will provide a shuttle bus service both from the centre of Kinsale (opposite Centra) and Charles Fort (both start at 6.30pm).
Munster A head coach Mick O’Driscoll makes five changes to the side that narrowly lost to London Scottish (25-17) in round one, so it’s essential to get a challenge back on track with victory over tonight’s opponents, who lead the table on points difference following a bonus point (32-10) win over an Ospreys Select last week.
Rory Scannell takes over the Munster captaincy duty from his brother Niall while Argentinian international Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino will make his first appearance for Munster A having made his debut for the province as a second-half replacement in last weekend’s Champions Cup win over Treviso.
Cathal Sheridan and captain Scannell form a new pairing in the half backs with Cian Bohane and Matt D’Arcy again in charge of the midfield. Amorosino starts on the right wing with Ronan O’Mahony and David Johnston continuing on the left wing and full-back respectively. The other changes are to the pack, in the front row with John Ryan and Kevin O’Byrne coming in to join Mario Sagario.
In a club that boasts Ian McGeechan as executive president, head coach of Yorkshire is the highly respected former Scottish international Bryan Redpath who will give young prop Charlie Capps and stand off Kevin Sinfield their first starts for the club.
Carnegie are building up a head of steam in the English Championship, just a point adrift of leaders Bristol. Promotion may well be the club’s main focus but they also want to perform in this competition. To that end, Redpath is mixing things up tonight and makes four changes from last week.
On top of Capps and Sinfield, Dan Tie and Jack Barnard come into the team and play on the wing and flanker, respectively.
Meanwhile, Leinster A also play home tonight after winning their round one tie away to Rotherham Titans. Their match against Moseley takes place at Donnybrook (7.30pm) and the side will be captained again by Peadar Timmons.
D Johnston; L Gonzalez Amorosino, M D’Arcy, C Bohane, R O’Mahony; R Scannell (capt), C Sheridan; J Ryan, K O’Byrne, M Sagario; S McCarthy, B Holland; J Coghlan, S Doyle, S Buckley.
E Rossiter, L O’Connor, S O’Connor, C Oliver, D Williams, B Johnston, D Sweetnam.
T Prell; D Doherty, M Wright, P Lucock, D Tai; K Sinfield, C Pilgrim (captain); C Capps, J Graham, B Hooper; D Schofield, M Smith; R Beck, J Barnard, J Williams.
J Poole, L Imiolek, C Sheldon, D Preston-Routledge, C Walker, M Green, S Allan
B Dardis; C Kelleher, C O’Shea, T Daly, A Byrne; R Byrne, C Rock; P Dooley, B Byrne, T Furlong; T Beirne, R Molony; P Timmins (captain), D Leavy, T Ryan.
S McNulty, R Burke-Flynn, G Thornbury, J Murphy, J Carbery, S Crosbie, M McGrath.