Athy man Loughman in line for European debut against French opposition tomorrow

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Athy man Loughman in line for European debut against French opposition tomorrow
14:20 Friday 7th of December 2018

Athy's Jeremy Loughman is in line to make his European debut for Munster tomorrow afternoon when the southern province host French side Castres in their third pool game of the Champions cup.

Loughman, who played for Leinster after graduating through their academy system, made the move down south last year in search of more frequent game time, and he made his Munster debut in January in a Pro14 clash with Ulster. His spell with the reds has yielded just five first team appearances, but an injury to tighthead prop James Cronin has presented 23-year-old Loughman with his opportunity for a taste of European rugby.

The former Blackrock College student is named on the bench, and it comes after he put in some fine displays for the province in the B&I Cup earlier this season.

If Loughman enters the fray he is likely to feature alongside former Árdscoil na Tríonóide schoolmate Joey Carbery who is named to start at outhalf.

Both players are products of the Leinster academy but are now lining out in red, and they will hope to help Munster strengthen their position at the top of Pool 2 with a home win against their Top 14 opponents in Thomond Park tomorrow.

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