Colm McMahon has made three changes to the combined Munster U20 and Development side, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, for their clash against Leinster in Donnybrook tomorrow night (Friday, September 16, 7pm).
In the first update of the new season, Elite Player Development Manager Peter Malone discusses the selection process behind academy recruitment, Paul O'Connell's new advisory role, his World Rugby U20 Championship experience, injury updates and more.
Munster will enter the competitive season off the back of a comprehensive half-century victory over Worcester Warriors. In total they ran in seven tries with James Cronin, Simon Zebo, Darren Sweetnam, Ronan O'Mahony, Ian Keatley and Cian Bohane all crossing the whitewash with the scrum yielding a penalty try.
It may have been an August preseason encounter but one could be forgiven for thinking it was late November with unseasonable wintry conditions greeting the 2,300-plus support base in East Munster tonight for the first round of the Kearys Renault Series.
Following their respective breaks, all new recruits have now begun their time in the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy. As they commence a three-year programme, find out a little more about our seven new hopefuls and their pathway to professional rugby.
The 2016/17 British & Irish Cup sees Munster A drawn in Pool 2 where they will face London Welsh, Doncaster Knights and Rotherham Titans. At this morning's launch the Pool weekends were also confirmed with the Munstermen opening their campaign at home to London Welsh.
As Munster age grade squads prepare for the Interprovincial campaigns in September we catch up with Munster Rugby Performance Nutritionist Catherine Norton who gives her recommendations on dietary requirements for the young player.
New senior recruit and last season's Young and Academy Player of the Year, Rory Scannell, reflects on his three seasons in the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy and how it prepared him for life as a professional player both on and off the field.
With preseason now underway, to date seven new recruits have been added to the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy for the 2016/17 season with Ireland U20 stars Vincent O'Brien, Sean O'Connor and Shane Daly included in the new intake.