BRITISH & IRISH CUP FINAL

James Voss, who moved to the island aged eight and came through the club’s junior ranks starts, with second row Dave McKern out with a shoulder injury.

BRITISH & IRISH CUP FINAL Live

Ross Adair gets the nod at full-back ahead of Jack Cuthbert.

Munster are without their top players, who face Saracens in the European Champions Cup semi-final in Dublin.

As a result the Irish province have a number of their academy players in their line-up, with flanker Gavin Coombes and full-back Stephen Fitzgerald coming into their side.

Harvey Biljon’s side beat Cornish Pirates and London Irish in the knock-out stages to reach the final for the first time, whilst the hosts are in their third final, having lifted the trophy once before in 2012.

The match, at Independent Park in Cork, is one of the most significant in Jersey’s history and comes just six days after the Reds secured their highest ever finish of fifth in the Championship.

Jersey have made the competition their top priority since reaching the last four, resting key players for their final league game against Richmond.

Jersey edged past Championship table-toppers London Irish to reach the final

Reds head coach Harvey Biljon told BBC Radio Jersey:

“They’re (Jersey) galvanised – I think they’re a team that are going to play for each other and they want to go out and give it everything they’ve got, I’ve got no doubt.

“This team keeps on getting things from left-field come at it and every time they do, they rise to the challenge.

“We’ve seen the size of Munster, we’ve seen the way they play the game and we’ve just got to make sure we can keep going for 80 minutes and beyond.”

Jersey prop Simon Kerrod:

“It’s going to be a massive game in my career – you don’t really get the opportunity to play for silverware, and any time you do it’s a very special occasion.

“We’ve always known we’ve been good enough to achieve really big things, and hopefully with this opportunity we can reach our potential.

“We’ve had a few firsts this season and every time we’ve risen to the occasion, when there’s been a lot of hype around it.”

Munster A: Fitzgerald; Goggin, Arnold, Bohane (capt), Wootton; Johnston, Poland; McCabe, O’Byrne, Scott, Madigan, D O’Shea, Coombes, Oliver, Copeland.

Replacements: Casey, L O’Connor, Burke, Chisholm, S O’Connor, Griesel, G O’Shea.

Jersey: Adair; Watkins, Davies, Ma’afu, Scott; Sheedy, Hardy; Woolmore, Buckle, Kerrod, Voss, Phillips, Freeman (capt), Graham, Haining.

Replacements: Selway, McCarthy, Armstrong, Kolo’ofa’i, Argyle, Dudley, Robling.

MUNSTER ‘A’ head coach Peter Malone makes two changes for this Friday night’s British and Irish Cup final against Jersey Reds at Musgrave Park, 7.30pm.

Academy flanker Gavin Coombes will start the game at blindside for the first time, while his academy colleague, Stephen Fitzgerald, also returns to the starting line-up at full-back.

Injury to his brother Bill sees David Johnston revert to the out-half position, with the versatile playmaker now having started for Munster A at out-thalf, centre and fullback this season.

Johnston and academy prop Brian Scott are the only two players to start every game of the current campaign.

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