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  • Shane Buckley

    Shane Buckley

    DoB1992-04-14 BirthplaceCork Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionFlanker

    Senior Debut: v Edinburgh Rugby, September 2014, Thomond Park

    Heineken Cup Debut: 

    Club: Garryowen FC

    School: Rockwell College

    Honours: Ireland Schools; Ireland U20 2011 & 2012.

    Twitter: @star_bucks92

    One of four Munster players in the Irish U20s side that featured in the Junior World Cup in South Africa in June 2012.  Also featured in the 2011 JWC in Italy after playing in the U20s Six Nations earlier that year.

    Made his British and Irish Cup debut against Moseley in December 2011.

    Played for a Munster Development side that defeated Russian professional outfit Enesei STM 34-24 in April '12.

    Picked up an ankle injury in December '12 against Rotherham Titans which ruled him out af action for a number of weeks. Joined the Munster development side that travelled to Barcelona in Feb. '13.

    He made his first Munster appearance when coming on against Gloucester in Thomond Park in the SEAT Series in August '13.

    Having completed three years in the Greencore Munster Academy, Buckley was named Academy Player of the Year 2014 and secured a Senior Development Contract for the 2014/15 season.

    Played for a Munster 7’s side at the Limerick World Club 7s Festival in Thomond Park, August 2014.

    Made his senior competitive debut against Edinburgh at Thomond Park in Round 1 of the Guinness PRO12, September 2014.

    Scored his first B&I Cup try v Moseley at Billesley Common in December 2014.

    Shane Buckley
  • Rory Burke

    Rory Burke

    DoB1994-04-27 BirthplaceCork Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight109 kg (17 st 1 lb) PositionProp

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Prop

    School: CBC

    Club: Cork Constitution

    Honours: Ireland U19 2012; Munster U19 2012; Munster U20 2013; Ireland U20 2014

    Prop Rory Burke was educated at Christian Brothers College and plays his club rugby for Cork Con.

    Burke played for the Munster Under 19s in 2012/13 and progressed to the Under 20 side the following year.

    The prop also has international honours having represented Ireland at Under 19 level and he was called into the Irish under-age National Training Camp in October 2013.

    Made his B&I Cup debut for Munster A v Leinster A in Donnybrook, April 2014.

    Played in every game of the Ireland Under-20s' Six Nations campaign in 2014.

    Part of the Cork Con senior team that won the 2014 Bateman Cup.

    Included in the Ireland U-20 squad for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand.

    Rory Burke
  • Jack Cullen

    Jack Cullen

    DoB1995-05-26 BirthplaceLondon Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Scrumhalf

    School: Bishop's Stortford High School

    Club: Bruff

    Honours: Ireland U20 2014, U19 2013, U18 Clubs 2013; U18 Exiles 2012

    The youngest member of the academy, Jack played for the Irish U18 Club side against Italy, Scotland, England and France in 2013. Elite Development Officer Colm McMahon coached the side and was well positioned to view the scrum-half in action during the year.

    He made the move from the Saracens youth programme to join the Munster academy for season 2013/14.

    Played with the Munster U19s for the Interprovincial series in September 2013 and played for the Ireland U19s against the Australia Schools team in December 2013 at Ravenhill.

    At 18 years of age came off the bench in three of Ireland Under 20s' games of the 2014 Six Nations and made his first start against France. 

    Jack Cullen
  • Brian Haugh

    Brian Haugh

    DoB1993-01-14 BirthplaceClare Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionScrumhalf

    Munster Academy Year:  Two

    Position: Scrumhalf

    School:  Rockwell College

    Club:  Young Munster

    Brian was involved in the Munster U20s squad for season 2012/13, and kicked 3 penalties and a conversion in Munster's opening Interprovincial win against Connacht U20s.

    He made his British and Irish Cup debut for Munster A against Plymouth Albion in January '13.

    Brian Haugh
  • Johnny Holland

    Johnny Holland

    DoB1991-08-30 BirthplaceCork Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight83 kg (13 st 1 lb) PositionFly Half

    League Debut: v Cardiff Blues, November 2013, Cardiff Arms Park

    Champions Cup Debut:

    Club: Cork Constitution

    Previous Club:  UCC

    School: Colaiste Chriost Ri

    Honours:

    Twitter: @jonnyholland10

    A former Colaiste Chriost Ri student Holland is a product of the Munster Youths system and plays his club rugby with Cork Con.

    He made his British and Irish Cup debut coming on as a replacement in Munster's away win to Neath in November 2011 and made his senior debut against La Rochelle in the opening pre-season game in August 2012.  He also made the move up to the academy at the start of the 2012/13 season

    Holland was then awarded the 2012/13 Ulster Bank Young Player of the Year Award for Division 1A.

    As a second year academy player Johnny featured in both SEAT Series games in the 2013/14 pre-season and made his league debut in November, replacing JJ Hanrahan in Munster's Round 8 PRO12 clash against Cardiff Blues.

    Holland advanced to a Senior Development Contract for the 2014/15 season.

    Johnny Holland
  • Niall Horan

    Niall Horan

    DoB1993-04-21 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionProp

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Prop

    School: Crescent College Comprehensive

    Club: Shannon

    Honours: Ireland U19 2012; Munster U18 Schools 2010, Munster U20 2011/2012, Munster A

    From Adare in Limerick the 20 year old prop makes the move up from sub academy to the academy for season 2013/14.

    Made his B&I Cup debut for Munster A as a substitute away to Stirling in January 2014.

    Represented the Munster senior team in a pre-season friendly away to Gloucester in August 2014.

    Niall Horan
  • David Johnston

    David Johnston

    DoB1994-02-28 BirthplaceClonmel Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionFly Half

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Winger/Fullback

    School: Rockwell College

    Club: UL Bohemians

    Honours: Ireland U18 Schools 2012; Ireland U19 2013; Munster U19 2012; Munster U20 2013

    Johston was a member of the Rockwell squad that won the 2012 Munster School's Senior Cup title.

    The same year he represented Ireland U18 Schools in the 2012 FIRA/AER European Championship in Spain where Ireland came second. The side also included his academy colleagues Gearoid Lyons and Greg O'Shea.

    The Clonmel man represented Munster U19s in the 2012/13 Interprovincial series and then represented Ireland U19s in April 2013 against England and France.

    He makes the move from the sub academy to the academy for season 2013/14.

    Played for Munster U20s in the Interprovincial campaign in September 2013.

    Following the campaign Johnston was selected to take part in the IRFU training camp for Under 20s. 

    Represented the Munster senior team in pre-season action, August 2014 - away to Gloucester and a week later in the SEAT Challenge against London Irish at the Waterford RSC.

    David Johnston
  • Niall Kenneally

    Niall Kenneally

    DoB1991-01-12 BirthplaceSligo Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionCentre

    Munster Academy Year: One

    Position: Centre

    School: Sligo Grammar School

    Club: Cork Constitution

    Honours: Munster A 

    Niall Kenneally signed an academy contract in November, 2013 having trained with the Munster squad during pre-season and playing the final 20 minutes of the Seat Series win over Gloucester at Thomond Park.

    Educated at Sligo Grammar School, the centre impressed for Munster A in their first Interprovincial game of the season, a 20-12 win over Connacht Eagles and made the move from UL Bohs to Cork Con in the summer.

    Made his first start for Munster A in the 23-9 win against Plymouth Albion in December 2013 at the RSC in Waterford.

    Niall Kenneally
  • Gearoid Lyons

    Gearoid Lyons

    DoB1995-04-13 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight82 kg (12 st 12 lb) PositionFly Half

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Out-half

    School: Crescent College Comprehensive

    Club: Shannon

    Honours: Ireland U18 Schools 2012

    Captained his school side to a Munster Schools Senior Cup title in March 2013.

    He played for the Ireland U18 Schools in the FIRA/AER European Championships in Spain in 2012.

    Played for Munster U20s in the Interprovincial campaign in September 2013.

    Selected to take part in the IRFU training camp for U20s this November.

    Gearoid Lyons
  • John Madigan

    John Madigan

    DoB1994-09-01 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight119 kg (18 st 10 lb) PositionLock

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Second Row

    School: Charleville CBS

    Club: Dolphin

    Honours: Ireland U18 2011 & 2012; Munster U18 2011 & Munster U20 2012

    A product of the Munster Youths system Madigan was promoted from the sub academy to the academy for season 2013/14.

    From Charleville in Co. Cork the 19 year old is studying in UCC.

    Played for Munster U20s in the Interprovincial campaign in September 2013.

    Selected to take part in the IRFU training camp for Under 20s November 2013.

    Included in the Ireland U20 squad for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand, however illness later prevented him from travelling.

    Represented the Munster senior team in pre-season action, August 2014 - away to Gloucester and a week later in the SEAT Challenge against London Irish at the Waterford RSC.

    John Madigan
  • Sean McCarthy

    Sean McCarthy

    DoB1993-02-12 Birthplace Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionLock

    Munster Academy Year:  Two

    Position: Second Row

    School:  Rockwell

    Club: Shannon

    Honours: Ireland U20 2013

    The second row Currow native is nephew of Munster great Mick Galwey.  

    He featured in three of the Ireland U20s 6 Nations games in 2013, starting against Italy and coming on against England and France before joining the U20s in France for the JWC where he featured in four of the games.

    He captained his school side Rockwell to a Munster Schools Senior Cup title in 2012 and a few weeks later went on to play for Ireland U19s with Ryan Murphy against France and England.

    Sean represented the Munster U20s in the Interprovincial series in September 2012 and made the move from sub academy to academy at the start of season 2013/14.

    Other representations include playing basketball for Ireland U16s and minor football with Kerry in 2011. 

    Made his B&I Cup debut in the quarter-final against Leinster A in April '14 and represented the Munster senior team in pre-season action in August 2014 away to Gloucester and a week later in the SEAT Challenge against London Irish at the Waterford RSC.

    Sean McCarthy
  • Harry McNulty

    Harry McNulty

    DoB1993-03-05 BirthplaceBahrain Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionCentre

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Positition: Centre

    School: Rockwell

    Club: Garryowen

    Harry lined out for the U20s side in the 2012/13 Interprovincial campaign and secured himself an academy contract off the back of his performances.

    He previously played his rugby with Dublin University, winning the IRFU Club Sevens title with them in May 2012.

    McNulty started playing rugby with Bahrain Rugby at U14s before moving to Clonmel with his family where he then went on to play with his school side Rockwell College.

    Harry McNulty
  • Darren Moroney

    Darren Moroney

    DoB1990-08-31 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight99 kg (15 st 8 lb) PositionFull Back / Wing

    Academy Year:  Two

    Position: Winger

    School: Castletroy College

    Club: UL Bohemians

    Darren made his British & Irish Cup debut as a replacement against Neath in November 2011.

    He started for Munster A in the Interpro game against Connacht Eagles in September '12 but then didn't see much game time after picking up a slight hamstring injury with his club side.

    Moroney then made a return in December for Munster A in the B&I Cup and unfortunately tore his hamstring and was ruled out of action again until April.

    Darren Moroney
  • Ryan Murphy

    Ryan Murphy

    DoB1993-03-05 BirthplaceCork Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight96 kg (15 st 1 lb) PositionBack Row

    Munster Academy Year: Three

    Position: Back Row

    School: PBC

    Club: Dolphin RFC

    Honours: Ireland U18 Schools 2011; Ireland U19 2012; Ireland U20 2013; Munster A

    Ryan lined out for the Ireland U19s in 2012 against France and England, and featured on a Munster sevens side that travelled to Glasgow under the guidance of Elite Player Development officer Colm McMahon.

    Murphy most recently made his first appearance at Munster A level, coming on as a replacement for Tommy O'Donnell after 10 minutes in Munster's win away to Leinster in the A interprovincial (Nov.'12).  

    He then made his B&I Cup debut against Rotherham in December 2012 and was part of the 2013 U20s RBS 6 Nations Squad, starting in every game.  

    Ryan was one of five Munster academy players included in the Ireland U20s squad for the Junior World Championship in France in June '13. 

    He played his schools rugby with PBC & captained the side to an Avonmore Milk Schools Cup Final in 2011 against Rockwell.

    Played for a Munster 7’s side at the Limerick World Club 7s Festival in Thomond Park, August 2014.

    Represented the Munster senior team in a pre-season friendly away to Gloucester in August 2014.

    Ryan Murphy
  • Jack O'Donoghue

    Jack O'Donoghue

    DoB1994-01-08 BirthplaceWaterford Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionBack Row

    Senior Debut:  v Zebre, September 2014, Thomond Park

    Munster Academy Year: Three

    Position: Back Row

    School: De La Salle College Waterford

    Club: UL Bohemians

    Honours: Ireland U18 Club 2012; Ireland U19 2013; Ireland U20 2013/14; 

    The Waterford man is a product of the Munster youth's system having previously captained his club side Waterpark to an U17 Munster title in 2011 and the year previous was part of the All Ireland winning Waterpark U17 side that defeated Enniscorthy in the decider.

    In April 2012 he captained the Ireland U18 Club side against France and England, and then made his British and Irish Cup Munster A debut at 18 years of age against Rotherham Titans in December 2012 after featuring in the Munster U20s interprovincial series.

    He featured for the Ireland U19s in 2013 before getting a call up to the U20s squad for the IRB Junior World Championship in France where he played against Fiji.  

    Captained the Munster U20s for the Interprovincial series in September 2013 and was selected for the Irish U20s squad in the 2014 6 Nations, starting in 4 games and picking up the man of the match award in the opening game against Scotland, scoring 2 tries.

    One of 4 players named in their second Ireland U20 JWC squad in June '14 and captained the squad when they travelled to New Zealand for the tournament, playing in 4 games.

    Jack made his Munster Rugby PRO12 debut when coming off the bench for Robin Copeland after 57 minutes against Zebre in Thomond Park in September '14.

    He will captain the Munster A squad for the 2014/15 season.

    Jack O'Donoghue
  • Darren O'Shea

    Darren O'Shea

    DoB1992-12-12 BirthplaceCork Height2.06 m (6' 9") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionLock

    Munster Academy Year: One

    Position: Second Row

    School: Colaiste Mhuire, Crosshaven

    Club: Dolphin

    Honours: Ireland U19/U20 Development Squad 2011; Munster Youths, 19s & 20s

    Darren is a product of the Munster Youths system, playing for Crosshaven RFC before making the move to senior club side Dolphin RFC.

    As a sub academy member he was part of the Munster Development squad that travelled to Barcelona in Feb. 2013 and is promoted to the academy for season 2013/14. 

    Darren O'Shea
  • Rory Scannell

    Rory Scannell

    DoB1993-12-22 Birthplace Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb) PositionCentre

    League Debut:  v Cardiff Blues, November 2014, Cardiff Arms Park

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Centre/Out-half

    School: PBC

    Club: Dolphin RFC

    Honours: Ireland U18 Schools 2011; Ireland U20s 2013; Munster U20s 2012 & 2011

    Rory was promoted from the sub academy to the academy programme at the start of the 2013/14 season and is younger brother of former Ireland U20s Captain Niall Scannell who moved from the academy to a development contract.

    From Cork the versatile back played his schools rugby with PBC and now plays his club rugby with Dolphin.  He represented the Munster U20s for two seasons and has previously played for Ireland U18 Schools with Ryan Murphy in 2011 when they won the FIRA-AER European Championship.

    Rory started in all of the 2013 Irish U20s 6 Nation games, playing across the backline.

    Scannell played an instrumental role in the U20s Junior World Championship in France in June 2013, featuring in every game, starting at fullback in the opening game against Australia.  He also added 2 conversions and 8 penalties during the campaign.  

    Went on to make his Munster senior debut against London Irish in the pre-season game in Musgrave Park in August 2013, and his Munster A B&I Cup debut against Stirling County in October '13 at Bandon RFC.

    Played for the Munster 7’s side at the inaugural Limerick World Club 7s Festival in Thomond Park, August 2014.

    Represented the Munster senior team in pre-season action again in August 2014 - away to Gloucester and a week later in the SEAT Challenge against London Irish at the Waterford RSC. 

    Made his PRO12 debut when starting away to Cardiff Blues in the round 7 game in November 2014.

    Rory Scannell
  • Darren Sweetnam

    Darren Sweetnam

    DoB1993-05-05 BirthplaceCork Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb) PositionFull Back

    Munster Academy Year: Three

    Position:  Winger/Full Back

    School: Bandon Grammar

    Club: Dolphin

    Honours: Ireland U20 2013; Munster U18 Schools, U19 & U20 2012; Munster A

    Sweetnam joined the academy at the start of the 2012/13 season after impressing for Munster U20s in the Interprovincial series.

    The 20 year old commenced his rugby career with Dunmanway RFC, before making the move to senior club side UCC for season 2012/13.  He now makes the move to Dolphin RFC for next season.

    His involvement in the Irish U20s 6 Nation's campaign was his first representation at national age-grade rugby and he made 4 appearances including his first start against Italy.   He then joined the U20s at the JWC in France and scored two tries on his first outing against Fiji.

    Sweetnam also made his Munster A debut in the B&I Cup against Plymouth Albion in January 2013.

    Darren is widely know in Cork for his hurling credentials playing with club side Dohenys GAA and lining out for the Cork Senior Hurlers in the Allianz League and the Championship in 2012.  He also represented Ireland in hockey at U16s. 

    Played for a Munster 7’s side at the Limerick World Club 7s Festival in Thomond Park, August 2014.

    Represented the Munster senior team in pre-season action, August 2014 - away to Gloucester and a week later in the SEAT Challenge against London Irish at the Waterford RSC.

    Darren Sweetnam