2019 Cara Cup: Munster A vs Leinster A

The fifth match will have Irish Provincial A sides, Munster and Leinster meeting on Wednesday 10th April, 7.00pm (1 am Irish time) at Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA.

In the first match, the Connacht Eagles defeated the New England Free Jacks 38-7. The second had the Connacht Eagles beating the Ulster Ravens 44-21. In the third match, the New England Free Jacks lost to Ulster A 43-15.

The 4th match featured the New England Free Jacks vs Munster A on Saturday, April 6 at the Irish Cultural Centre GAA Field in Canton, MA. The Free Jacks played a competitive match losing 38-19 to Munster A.

The sixth will have the Free Jacks facing Leinster A on Sunday 14th April, 5.00pmat Harvard Mignone Field, Boston MA.


Munster A has 7 changes to the starters from the match against the Free jacks and 3 positional changes. In the forwards.

Forwards changes include Shannon prop Luke Masters switching from tighthead to loosehead, Keynan Knox and Cian Reale from Old Crescent at lock, Sean O’Connor switching from lock to flanker, Ross O’Neil from Cork Constitution at flanker and Jack Daly at No. 8.

In the backs, Jack Stafford is at scrumhalf, James McCarthy at wing, Alan Tynan switching from fullback to outside center and Luke Kinston from Highfield at fullback.

There are 9 Academy players in the starting XV with Jack Stafford captain along with James McCarthy, Alan Tynan, Seán French, Ben Healy, Eoghan Clarke, Keynan Knox, Seán O’Connor, and Jack Daly.

Paddy Kelly a lock and Conor Phillips a wing, play for Young Munster.


The Leinster Rugby ‘A’ team traveled to Boston on Sunday for their two Cara Cup games against Munster Rugby ‘A’ and the New England Free Jacks.

The ‘A’ team open against Munster on Wednesday, 10 April, at Union Point Sports Complex in Weymouth, Massachusetts (KO 7 pm local). Then they play the New England Free Jacks on Sunday, 14 April, at Harvard Mignone Field (KO 5 pm local).

Several players have had experience playing with the senior PRO14 team. These include Vakh Abdaladze a prop, along with Academy players  Jimmy O’Brien, Ronan Kelleher, Jack Kelly, and Gavin Mullin.

Ryan Baird, Giuseppe Coyne, and Aaron O’Sullivan played for the Ireland Under-20s. Ireland Sevens international Jimmy O’Brien is a player to watch at outside center. South African-born Academy prop Keynan Knox is highly regarded by Munster.

Cara Cup Squads

Munster A: 1 Luke Masters 2 Eoghan Clarke 3 Keynan Knox 4 Cian Reale 5 Paddy Kelly 6 Seán O’Connor 7 Ross O’Neill 8 Jack Daly 9 Jack Stafford (C) 10 Ben Healy 11 James McCarthy  12 Seán French 13 Alan Tynan 14 Conor Phillips 15 Luke Kingston 16 Billy Scannell 17 Shane O’Driscoll 18 David Jennings 19 Duncan Williams 20 James Hart

Leinster A: 1. Vakh Abdaladze 2. Ronan Kelleher 3. Jack Aungier 4. Gerard Hill 5. Ryan Baird 6. Dan Sheehan 7. Mark Flemming 8. Ruadhan Byron 9. Paddy Patterson 10. Con Kelly 11. Rob Russell 12. Gavin Mullin 13. Jimmy O’Brien 14. Aaron O’Sullivan 15. Jack Kelly 16 Giuseppe Coyne 17 Roman Salanoa 18 Shane Murphy 19 James Tarrant 20 Brian O’Donnell 21 Max O’Reilly

Extended Squads

Munster A Extended Squad:  1 Liam O’Connor 2 Eoghan Clarke 3 Luke Masters 4 Gavin Coombes 5 Seán O’Connor 6 Dave O’Callaghan 7 Conor Oliver 8 Jack O’Sullivan 9 Duncan Williams (C) 10 Ben Healy 11 Alex Wootton 12 Alex McHenry 13 Seán French 14 Conor Phillips 15 Alan Tynan 16 Billy Scannell 17 Keynan Knox 18 David Jennings 19 Paddy Kelly 20 Jack Daly 21 Jack Stafford 22 James Hart 23 James McCarthy.

Leinster A Extended Squad: Vakh Abdaladze (Clontarf FC), Jack Aungier (Terenure College RFC), Ryan Baird (DUFC), Ruadhan Byron (Clontarf FC), Giuseppe Coyne (DUFC), Oisín Dowling (Lansdowne FC), Mark Flemming (UCD), Gerard Hill (Old Belvedere RFC), Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne FC), Conor Kelly (Clontarf FC), Jack Kelly (DUFC), Gavin Mullin (UCD), Shane Murphy (UCD), Jimmy O’Brien (UCD), Brian O’Donnell (Lansdowne FC), Max O’Reilly (DUFC), Aaron O’Sullivan (UCD), Paddy Patterson (UCD), Rob Russell (DUFC), Roman Salanoa (Old Belvedere RFC), Dan Sheehan (DUFC), James Tarrant (UCD)

(All times EST)

Free Jacks 7-38 Connacht EaglesRecap, Preview
Saturday 16th March
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA

Connacht Eagles 44-21 Ulster ARecap, Preview
Wednesday 20th March, 7.00pm
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA

Free Jacks 15-43 Ulster A Recap, Preview
Sunday 24th March, 6.30pm
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA

Free Jacks 19-38 Munster A Recap, Preview
Saturday 6th April, 4.00pm (10 pm Irish time)
Irish Cultural Centre, Canton MA

Munster A v Leinster A – Recap, Preview
Wednesday 10th April, 7.00pm (1 am Irish time)
Union Point Sports Complex, Weymouth MA

Free Jacks v Leinster A – Recap, Preview
Sunday 14th April, 5.00pm
Harvard Mignone Field, Boston MA

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