The latest contribution of €140,000, which includes the proceeds from the Giant Draw, assists with the development of the Academy and also provides funding to Munster Rugby for various projects such as the team's gym facilities, video analysis equipment, flags on match day and much more. This year has seen the likes of Shane Buckley and Johnny Holland graduate from the Academy into the Senior Programme with both players now on Development contracts.
Jennifer Kiernan, MRSC Manager said;
"The Supporters Club is extremely proud to play their part in the development of our future stars and we would like to thank the members for their continued support in making this annual contribution to the Academy possible."
Peter Malone, Elite Player Development Manager, is very thankful to the Munster Rugby Supporters Club for the funding over the last number of years.
"Once again the MRSC has helped keep the development pathway going. Their vital funding allows us to adopt a multi-faceted approach to player development; Mental Skills, Nutrition, Lifestyle Management as well as our Strength & Conditioning and Rugby programmes. The players currently in the Academy will be the players representing Munster in European ties in 2 to 3 years' time, just like the players who have come through the Academy and are now representing Munster so well - players like Duncan Casey, James Cronin, Ronan O'Mahony, Peter O'Mahony and Conor Murray".
Malone went on to say;
"I think we have a good number of promising players coming through the Academy system as seen by the numbers of players involved in the Irish U20's and Irish U19's squads this year. This is an indication that we will have a few stars coming through in the next few years.
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