Members of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy and sub-academy this week began preparations for the upcoming season. Lead Academy S&C Coach Joe McGinley takes us through a diverse week for players that coupled conditioning and rugby with practical cookery and first-aid modules.
In what has been a busy month for a number of Munster's Senior and Academy players, we look back - through pictures - at their respective involvement in the Tbilisi Cup and World Rugby U20 Championship.
The Ireland Men's Sevens squad - which featured Munster Academy players Alex Wootton and Gearoid Lyons, and Young Munster's Diarmuid McCarthy - secured the Rugby Europe Division B title in Zagreb with Wootton topping the try scoring charts on 10 tries.
The Munster Academy's Stephen Fitzgerald scored a brace of tries in Ireland U20s' 17-9 win over Scotland U20s, a victory that saw Ireland finish seventh overall in this year's World Rugby U20 Championship. The province's Liam O'Connor and Jack Cullen also made appearances from the bench.
Greencore Munster Academy representatives Stephen Fitzgerald, Liam O'Connor and Jack Cullen have been included in the Ireland U20 side to face Scotland in the seventh place play-off of the World Rugby U20 Championship.
The Ireland U20 team to play Wales in the 5th place playoff of the World Rugby U20 World Championship has been named. The Greencore Munster Academy's Stephen Fitzgerald and Conor Oliver will both start with Liam O'Connor and Tomás Quinlan named amongst the replacements.
Greencore Munster Academy scrum-half Jack Cullen is to link up with the Ireland U20s squad in place of captain Nick McCarthy who picked up a shoulder injury against New Zealand in the final round of the Junior World Cup pool games.
The Ireland Wolfhounds 7s squad to play in the third and final round of the GB7's has been named. Clanwilliam's Alan Bennie is again included while Young Munster's Diarmuid McCarthy and the Munster Academy's Alex Wootton and Gearoid Lyons come into the squad for this weekend's action.
As Ireland U20s prepare to face New Zealand in the Pool C decider of the World Rugby U20 Championship, check out video highlights of the Irishmen's campaign to date and get a preview of this evening's action in Viadana - KO 7.30pm Irish time.
The Munster Academy's Tomás Quinlan and Liam O'Connor are included in the Ireland U20s side to face New Zealand U20 in the third and final pool game of the World Rugby U20 Championship tomorrow evening - KO 7.30pm Irish time.
A fruitful weekend in terms of Sevens saw the Ireland Men's Sevens team secure the European Division C title and promotion, while the Ireland Wolfhounds Sevens side improved one place on the GB7s Tour's second leg. In total 6 Munster players featured across both sides at the weekend.
The Munster Academy's Stephen Fitzgerald, Tomás Quinlan, Liam O'Connor and Conor Oliver all featured in Ireland U20s bruising 24-20 win over Scotland, setting up a Pool C decider with New Zealand next Wednesday in the World Rugby U20 Championship.
The Ireland Men's 7s Squad to take part in Rugby Europe Men's Division C tournament in Bosnia this weekend has been named and features Munster academy players Gearoid Lyons and Alex Wootton and Young Munster's Diarmuid McCarthy.
Munster sub-academy player Tomás Quinlan showed nerves of steel to slot a high pressure last-minute kick in giving Ireland U20s a winning start to their World Rugby U20 Championship campaign, defeating Argentina 18-16 in Parma.
The Ireland U20s open their Junior World Cup campaign against Argentina this afternoon with the Greencore Munster Academy's Stephen Fitzgerald and Tomas Quinlan (sub-academy) named in the matchday squad for the Pool C opener in Parma.