Edinburgh scrum-half Sean Kennedy goes back to where his competitive rugby career began tomorrow night when he turns out in the opening Rabo Direct Pro 12 clash against Munster at Musgrave Park, Cork.
The 22-year-old grew up in the County Limerick town of Westbury before moving to Scotland.
He said: “I played a mini rugby tournament at Musgrave Park for the St Mary’s club when I was seven or eight years old.”
Understandably Kennedy, who will be making only his second start for Edinburgh due to a leg injury suffered by Greig Laidlaw, is understandably vague about the outcome of that previous appearance.
However, he is in no doubt about the opportunity that has befallen him earlier than expected.
“I didn’t expect a chance until Greig was off on international duty so now it is a case of putting down a marker straight away,” he said.
“I used to keep an eye out for Munster because of my family connections and know they are going to be physical, especially players like Donncha O’Callaghan.”
An added consideration will be the new scrum laws partly designed to ensure straighter put-ins.
“It is going to make the game better with the prospect of more attacking rugby from turnovers but it is going to take a few matches for scrum-halves to learn how refs are interpreting,” admitted Kennedy.
• EDINBURGH have appointed Crompton Alexander as their new strength and conditioning coach. Formerly with London Wasps, he has also worked with the Lawn Tennis Association and international athlete Christian Wade.
Head coach Alan Solomons said: “Crompton started this week and his arrival allows Neil Potts to return to working with the Scotland squad.”
• BROUGHTON will have a new coaching panel in Eddie Ogilvie, Graham Inglis and Fraser Harris when the East Leagues get underway tomorrow. The Wardie side await Liberton who showed vast improvement to finish sixth in Division Two last season.