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  • Rory Burke

    Rory Burke

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

    Munster Academy Year: Three

    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 U20 squad for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand.

    Underwent two ankle operations in 2014/15, progressing to scrummaging in a controlled environment by the end of the season. 

    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: Three

    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. 

    In 2015 he featured in four of Ireland’s U20 6 Nations games and was also a late call-up for the World Rugby U20 Championship, making an appearance from the bench in the 7th place play-off against Scotland U20s.

    Jack Cullen
  • Stephen Fitzgerald

    Stephen Fitzgerald

    DoB1995-11-13 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight87 kg (13 st 9 lb) PositionFull Back

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Full back

    School: Árdscoil Rís, Limerick

    Club: Shannon

    Honours: Ireland U19s 2014; Ireland U20s 2015; Munster A 

    Represented Ardscoil Rís in the 2014 SEAT Munster Schools Senior Cup Final, losing to Crescent College Comprehensive, in the first all Limerick final in 105 years of the competition.

    Named on the Munster 7s squad that played in the inaugural Limerick World Club 7s in Thomond Park at the start of August 2014.  The 18-year-old showed impressive form in making the switch to the seven-man code.

    Went on to make his Munster senior team debut in a pre-season friendly away to Gloucester in August 2014 and captained the Munster U20s in the interprovincial series in September.

    Made his B&I Cup Munster A debut starting against Moseley RFC in Clonmel in October. 

    Lined out for Ireland U20s against a Munster Developmet XV at Temple Hill Cork, December 2014.

    In 2015, he started in four of Ireland’s U20 6 Nations matches and made a further four starts in the World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy.

    Stephen Fitzgerald
  • Ryan Foley

    Ryan Foley

    DoB1994-12-14 BirthplaceCrosshaven Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight78 kg (12 st 3 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Scrum half

    School: Christian Brothers College, Cork

    Club: Cork Constitution

    Honours: Munster U20, Munster A, Ireland U19, Ireland U20

    Following impressive performacnes for Munster U20s and Cork Con U20s & senior team, Foley managed to force his way late into the Irish squad for the 2014 JWC.

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

    Made his Ireland U20 debut against France in the pool stages of the 2014 Junior World Championship.  Having impressed from the bench against France and Wales, Foley earned a starting position for the Fiji encounter.

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

    Missed most of the 2014/15 season due to a knee injury and is targeting 2015/16 pre-season for a return to on-field action. 

    Ryan Foley
  • Dan Goggin

    Dan Goggin

    DoB1994-12-10 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight97 kg (15 st 3 lb) PositionCentre

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Centre

    School: St Munchins College, Limerick 

    Club: Young Munster

    Honours: Munster U20, Ireland U20, Munster A

    Made his debut for Munster A in the B&I Cup against Plymouth Albion in December 2013.

    Represented Ireland U20 in all 5 games of the 2014 Six Nations.

    Included in the Ireland U20 squads for the 2014 Junior World Championship.

    Started every pool game of Ireland's 2014 JWC campaign.

    Made a further five appearances for Munster A in the 2014/15 B&I Cup

    Represented the Ireland Wolfhounds' Sevens team in the summer of 2015

    Dan Goggin
  • Ned Hodson

    Ned Hodson

    DoB1994-07-03 BirthplaceMiddleton Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionCentre

    Year: One

    Club: Cork Constitution

    Honours: Munster U18, U19, U20, Munster 7s, Munster A

    Previously captained the Munster U18s.

    As a member of the Munster sub-academy, he made his B&I Cup debut against Nottingham at Meadow Lane in October 2014, going on to score his first Munster A try against Moseley at Billesley Common the following December.

    Joined the Munster Academy at the beginning of the 2015/16 season.

    Ned Hodson
  • Niall Horan

    Niall Horan

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

    Munster Academy Year: Three

    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.

    Concussion and a hand injury curtailed much of his involvement in the 2014/15 season before returning to AIL action in March.

    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: Three

    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. 

    Made his Munster A debut in the B&I Cup quarter final against Leinster A at Donnybrook in April 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.

    Scored his first B&I Cup try for Munster A against Moseley in December 2014

    David Johnston
  • Ben Kilkenny

    Ben Kilkenny

    DoB Birthplace Height () Weight () PositionFlanker

    Year: One

    Club: Young Munster

    Honours: Ireland U19. Munster Schools, U19

    Made his B&I Cup debut as a replacement in the 2015 quarter final against Doncaster Knights.

    Joins the Munster Academy at the beginning of the 2015/16 season.

    Ben Kilkenny
  • Gearoid Lyons

    Gearoid Lyons

    DoB1995-04-13 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb) PositionFly Half

    Munster Academy Year: Three

    Position: Out-half

    School: Crescent College Comprehensive

    Club: Shannon

    Honours: Ireland U18, Schools 2012, Munster U20, Munster A

    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.

    Made his B&I Cup debut for Munster A against Stirling County in October 2013.

    Selected to take part in the IRFU training camp for U20s in November 2013.

    Made his first B&I Cup start in the 2015 quarter final against Doncaster Knights in January.

    Represented both the Ireland Men's 7 squad and the Ireland Wolfhounds 7s squad in the summer of 2015

    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: Three

    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.

    A shoulder injury curtailed much of his involvement in the 2014/15 season. Returned in time to feature for Munster A against the Connacht Eagles and Ulster Ravens in April.

    John Madigan
  • Sean McCarthy

    Sean McCarthy

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

    Munster Academy Year:  Three

    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 for Munster A 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.

    Made five starts for Munster A in the 2014/15 B&I Cup.

    Sustained an ankle injury in January that kept him out of action for the remainder of the season.

    Sean McCarthy
  • Steve McMahon

    Steve McMahon

    DoB1995-03-19 BirthplaceWaterford Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionWing

    Club: Garryowen

    Honours: Ireland U19. Munster U18 Clubs, U19, U20
     

    Steve McMahon
  • Darragh Moloney

    Darragh Moloney

    DoB1994-09-26 BirthplaceCork Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight103 kg (16 st 2 lb) PositionLock

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Second Row

    School: Christian Brothers College, Cork 

    Club: Cork Constitution

    Honours: Munster U20, Ireland U20

    Impressing in performances for Munster U20 and Cork Con, he won inclusion in the Ireland U20 squad for the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship and made his Irish U20's debut against France in New Zealand.

    Secured a place in the Greencore Munster Academy at the start of the 2014/15 season and made his Munster A B&I Cup debut against Moseley in Clonmel in October '14, however, an ankle injury would later keep him out of action for the remainder of the season.

    Darragh Moloney
  • Liam O'Connor

    Liam O'Connor

    DoB1995-07-13 BirthplaceCork Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionProp

    Year: One

    Club: Cork Constitution

    Position: Prop

    Honours: Ireland U19, U20. Munster U18 Schools, U19, U20

    A member of the Munster sub-academy, he made his debut for Munster A in the B&I Cup against Worcester Warriors at the CIT Sports Stadium in December 2014.

    A late call-up to the Ireland U20s JWC squad in June 2015, he made his Irish U20s debut from the bench against Scotland and went on to make a further three appearances.

    Joined the Munster Academy at the beginning of the 2015/16 season.

    Liam O'Connor
  • Greg O'Shea

    Greg O'Shea

    DoB1995-03-23 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight77 kg (12 st 1 lb) PositionWinger

    Munster Academy Year: Three

    Position: Winger

    School: Crescent College Comprehensive

    Club:  Shannon RFC

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

    Greg was part of the Crescent College side that won the Munster Schools Senior Cup in March 2013, defeating Rockwell in the Final.  O’Shea’s try against CBC deep in added time in the replayed semi-final at Musgrave Park proved crucial in Crescent’s first Cup win in 19 years.

    He is one of three players advancing straight in to the academy from school level and Greg has also won two Junior Cup titles with CCC in 2010 & 2011.

    O'Shea featured for the Ireland U18 Schools in the FIRA/AER U-18 European Championships in Spain in April 2012 and in France in March 2013.

    The flying winger was selected for the Ireland Youth Olympic team for the European Youth Olympics in Trabzon, Turkey in July 2011, running in the 100m sprint and the 4 x 100m relay.

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

    Made his Munster senior debut coming on against Gloucester in the pre-season game in Kingsholm in August 2014, and went on to make his B&I Cup Munster A debut against Moseley RFC in Clonmel in October.

    Scored a try for Ireland U20s against Italy in the opening game of the 2015 U20 6 Nations, however, a broken cheek bone sustained in the game would rule him out for the remainder of the competition.

    Greg O'Shea
  • Conor Oliver

    Conor Oliver

    DoB1995-09-21 BirthplaceDublin Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight96 kg (15 st 1 lb) PositionFlanker

    Year: One

    Club: Garryowen

    Honours: Ireland U18 Clubs, U19, U20. Leinster U18 Clubs, U19, U20

    Joined the Munster Academy at the beginning of Season 2015/16 from St. Mary's RFC having previously played at Leinster age grade level.

    Represented Munster A in a Series win over Ulster Ravens at Naas RFC in April 2015.

    Conor Oliver
  • Tomas Quinlan

    Tomas Quinlan

    DoB1995-01-27 BirthplaceCork Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb) PositionFly Half

    Year: One

    Club: Cork Constitiution

    Made his Munster A debut in the B&I Cup against Worcester Warriors at Sixways in October 2014.

    Featured in a Munster Development XV v Ireland U20 the following December.

    That December he was also named the Ulster Bank League Rising Star of the Month 

    A late call up to the Ireland U20s JWC squad in June 2015, he featured in four of their five encounters and kicked a last minute penalty from the touchline to clinch an opening victory against Agrentina.

    Progresses from the sub-academy to academy at the beginning of Season 2015/16

    Tomas Quinlan
  • Rory Scannell

    Rory Scannell

    DoB1993-12-22 BirthplaceCork 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: Three

    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.

    In January 2015 he was named the Ulster Bank League Rising Star of the Month 

    Part of the Emerging Ireland squad that won the 2015 Tblisi Cup in Georgia.

    Rory Scannell
  • Brian Scott

    Brian Scott

    DoB1993-03-09 BirthplaceCork Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight117 kg (18 st 6 lb) PositionProp

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Position: Prop

    School: Presentation Brothers College, Cork

    Club: Dolphin RFC

    Honours: Munster A, Ireland U20

    Enters the Academy after two years at sub-academy level.

    Impressed for Munster A against Plymouth both home and away in the 2013/14 B&I Cup.

    A neck injury sustained early in the season saw him miss all competitive action for the province in 2014/15. He will target the 2015/16 pre-season for a return to on-field action.

    Brian Scott
  • Alex Wootton

    Alex Wootton

    DoB Birthplace Height () Weight () PositionWing

    Munster Academy Year: Three

    Position: Winger

    School: Sedbergh School, England

    Club: Garryowen

    Honours: Ireland U20 2013; Munster A 2013; Munster U20 2013

    Originally from Stockport, winger Alex Wootton played for Ireland at the Under 20 World Championship.

    A product of Northampton Saints academy, Wootton went to England’s Sedbergh School, once attended by former England captain Will Carling and Gloucester winger James Simpson-Daniel.

    Made his Munster A debut in December 2013 against Plymouth Albion at the RSC in Limerick.

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

    Featured against Nottingham for Munster A in the 2014/15 B&I Cup and also in the Interprovincial Series win over the Ulster Ravens in April.

    Named Garryowen's 2015 Senior Player of the Year

    Represented both the Ireland Men's 7 squad and the Ireland Wolfhounds 7s squad in the summer of 2015

    Alex Wootton