01 Feb 15
There were plenty of shocks in the opening round of the Munster Junior Cup with several Senior Second sides making their exit.
The Munster Under 20s, sponsored by GxP Systems, play a pivotal role in the Munster Rugby development structure. Many sub-Academy and Greencore Academy players are involved at Under 20 level which is seen as a launch pad for a professional career.
Friday, September 5, Leinster 32-20 Munster, Ashbourne RFC
Friday, September 12, Munster 10-13 Connacht, Thomond Park
Friday, September 19, Munster 12-17 Ulster, Dooradoyle
|Peter Malone||Head Coach|
|Keith Murphy||Assistant Coach|
|Conor Twomey||Assistant Coach/Scrum Coach|
|Fergal O'Callaghan||Strength & Conditioning Coach|
Prior to the Interprovincial Series, the Munster U-20s competed in the Clermont International Tournament. They were beaten by hosts Clermont Auvergne before recording a win over English side Leicester Tigers. The Munster U20s narrowly lost all three Interprovincial games in 2014.
The campaign started with a 32-20 defeat to Leinster at Ashbourne RFC. Munster trailed 22-3 at half-time and mounted a stirring second half comeback with Frank Bradshaw-Ryan, Liam O'Connor and Jack Cullen touching down but Leinster held on for the win. That loss was followed by a defeat to Connacht at Thomond Park. Cork Con's Glen Stokes scored the only try with Gearóid Lyons kicking the conversion and a penalty. The Series ended with a 17-12 defeat to title-winners Ulster at Dooradoyle with Gearóid Lyons kicking one penalty and Tomás Quinlan kicking three penalties. The side was captained by Stephen Fitzgerald with Peter Malone as Head Coach. The squad included four Greencore Munster Academy players.
Liam O'Connor, Seán McNulty, Liam McMahon, Luke O'Halloren, Mike O'Donnell, Brendan Quinlan, Greg Roche, Frank Bradshaw-Ryan, Glen Stokes, Aaron Hogan, Cormac Blake, Conor Barry, Luke O'Leary, Jason Higgins, Johnny Keane, David St. Leger, Jack Cullen, Gearóid Lyons, Tomás Quinlan, Paul Kiernan, Stephen McMahon, Will Leonard, JJ O'Neill, Ed O'Keeffe, Greg O'Shea, Stephen Fitzgerald.
The 2013/14 season was a really difficult one for the U20 squad as they lost all three Interprovincial games by a combined total of just ten points. They started the campaign with a 17-14 defeat to Ulster at Ravenhill despite leading 14-7 going into the final ten minutes. Their bad luck continued in the second game against Leinster at Thomond Park as Gearoid Lyons' last-minute conversion hit the post allowing the visitors to escape with a one-point victory. The campaign ended with a six point defeat to Connacht at the Showgrounds. The side was captained by Jack O'Donoghue with Greig Oliver as Head Coach. The squad included six Munster Academy players.
Hopes were high for a successful campaign when Connacht were beaten in the opening match of the championship at Musgrave Park. However, the crucial match was always going to be the visit to face Leinster in Donnybrook, and so it proved, despite their best efforts Munster were chasing the game for long periods and ended up at the wrong end of a 25-12 score line. The concluding fixture at Musgrave Park against Ulster saw Munster hold the lead at the interval but a strong second half from the visitors saw them gain control and a brace of tries clinched the match. The team was coached by Greig Oliver and captained by John Fitzgerald (PBC).
A notable draw away against the Leicester Tigers Academy augured well for the season, but the crucial match was their opening match against pre-championship favourites Leinster at Musgrave Park. Despite their best efforts they went down to a narrow defeat. Luck was not on their side either as they suffered a narrow defeat against Ulster (Ravenhill) andhere concluding fixture also ended in defeat to Connacht at Dubarry Park. Greig Oliver led the coaching team while Miah Cronin (Highfield) was team captain.
John Randles (Crescent College Comprehensive), Tom Doyle (Rockwell), Paul Mullen (Kings Hospital), Jake Considine (Young Munster), Ian Mullarkey (Dolphin), Kieran Stokes (Christians), Kevin O'Byrne (UCC), Niall Scannell (PBC), Brian Vaughan (PBC), David O'Mahony (PBC), Tom Goggin (St Munchin's College), Rob O'Herlihy (PBC), Yasin Browne (Christians), Shane Buckley (Rockwell), Simon Hanbidge (Christians), Jack Duffy (PBC), Conal Murphy (UCC), Luke Cahill (Rockwell) Cathal O'Flaherty (PBC), Henry Travers (Bandon Grammer School), Ronan Barry (PBC), Eoin O'Shaughnessy (PBC), Sean Upton (Young Munster), Gareth Quinn McDonagh (Shannon), Johnny Holland (UCC), JJ Hanrahan (Rockwell), Sean Og Murphy (PBC), Lucas Kunz (St Munchin's College), Daniel Horgan (PBC), Ben Sargent (Shannon), Cian Bohane (Dolphin), Jamie McGarry (Ard Scoil Ris), Dara O'Doherty (Crescent College Comprehensive), Corey Hircock (Garryowen), Olan Dennehy (UCC), Cathal Quinn (CBC), Jack Costigan (PBC), Eoin O'Donnell (Cork Con), Derry O'Connor (Garryowen), Jack Murray (St Munchin's College).