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  • Stephen Archer

    Stephen Archer

    DoB1988-01-29 BirthplaceCork Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionProp

    Senior Debut:  v Edinburgh, October 2009, Murrayfield

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Castres Olympique, January 2012, Thomond Park

    Club:  Cork Constitution

    Previous Club:  UCC

    School:  CBC

    International Honours: Ireland U20; Ireland Wolfhounds; Ireland

    A Cork native & product of the Munster Rugby Academy, Archer secured a development contract for season 2010/11 and moved on to a senior contract at the start of season 2011/12. 

    He made his first Heineken Cup appearance off the bench against Castres in Thomond Park in January '12, and then went on to start for Ireland A against England in Sandy Park.  

    His first Irish senior cap came as a replacement against Italy in the 2013 Six Nations in Rome.  

    Archer finished out the 2012/13 season on the side-line after dislocating a bone in his left wrist in the Rabo game against Dragons in April, and is expected to return to full contact training at the end of July.

    Made a good start to the 2013/14 season and was called into Joe Schmidt's first Irish squad for the Guinness Series earning his second cap against Australia.

    Named in the extended Ireland squad for the 2014 Six Nations.

    At the end of March Archer sustained a bulging disc in his neck at training and completed his 13/14 season rehabbing the injury.

    Stephen Archer
  • Cian Bohane

    Cian Bohane

    DoB1991-07-26 BirthplaceCork Height1.90 m (6' 3") Weight97 kg (15 st 3 lb) PositionCentre/Wing

     Senior Debut: v Zebre, May 2013, Stadio XXV Aprile

    Club: Dolphin RFC

    School: Presentation Brothers College, Cork

    Honours: Munster U19; U20s; Munster A

    Twitter: @CianBohane

    Cian made the move from the sub academy to the academy at the start of the 2011/12 season, and made his B&I Cup debut in October 2012 against Plymouth Albion.

    He made his senior RaboDirect PRO12 debut coming on as a replacement against Zebre in May 2013 and after two years in the academy secured a development contract for season 2013/14.

    Made his second PRO12 appearance off the bench in the first game of the 2013/14 season against Edinburgh at Musgrave Park.

    Signed a one-year development contract extension for the 2014/15 season.

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

    Ruptured both his anterior cruciate ligament and posterolateral corner in a pre-season game against London Irish at the Waterford RSC in August and is expected to be out of action for the next six to nine months.

    Cian Bohane
  • BJ Botha

    BJ Botha

    DoB1980-01-04 BirthplaceDurban Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionProp

    Senior Debut:  v Scarlets, September 2011, Musgrave Park

    Heineken Cup Debut: v Northampton Saints, November 2011, Thomond Park

    Previous Clubs:  The Sharks (Super 14), Ulster

    International Honours: South Africa

    Twitter: @BJBotha

    South African prop Botha signed with Munster at the start of the 2011/12 season after spending three seasons with Ulster Rugby.

    He played Super 14 with the Sharks and was capped 26 times by South Africa after making his debut against the All Blacks in Pretoria in 2006. He last played for the Springboks against Australia in the Tri Nations game played in Brisbane in July 2010.

    Of the 23 appearances he made for Munster in 2011/12 season, 18 were as starting tight-head including all seven Heineken Cup games.

    Similarly in 2012/13, Botha was the starting tight-head in all eight of Munster's Heineken Cup games and signed a two-year contract extension at the end of the 2012/13 season.

    Injured the medial ligaments in his right knee at the start of the 2013/14 season and missed the first four games in the RaboDirect PRO12.

    BJ Botha
  • 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.

    Shane Buckley
  • Paddy Butler

    Paddy Butler

    DoB1990-12-01 BirthplaceTipperary Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionNo. 8

    Senior Debut:  v Connacht, December 2010, Sportsground

    Heineken Cup Debut: v Racing Metro, October 2012, Stade de France

    Club: Shannon RFC

    School: Rockwell

    International Honours: Ireland U20s

    Twitter: @paddybutler8

    As a 20-year-old he secured a development contract after impressing for the Ireland U20s in the 2010 Six Nations and at the Junior World Cup in Argentina.

    He made the move to a senior contract at the start of the 2011/12 season and played a central role in Munster's victory in the British & Irish Cup.

    Butler made his Heineken Cup debut in Paris coming on as replacement against Racing Metro in October 2012 and in total made seven Heineken Cup appearances in 2012/13.

    Fractured his right thumb in his first Heineken Cup start against Edinburgh in October and missed eight games before returning to the starting XV in the 22-16 win against Connacht at the end of 2013.

    Suffered from a spinal concussion while playing for Shannon in January 2014 which caused him to miss four games before returning against Treviso in March.

    Named on Emerging Ireland squad for tour to Romania, June 2014.

    Played in Emerging Ireland’s 2014 Nations Cup winning campaign, scoring a brace of tries against Romania.

    Paddy Butler
  • Duncan Casey

    Duncan Casey

    DoB1990-11-14 BirthplaceCork Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionHooker

    Senior Debut: v Perpignan, December 2013, Thomond Park

    Heineken Cup Debut: v Perpignan, December 2013, Thomond Park

    Club:  Shannon RFC

    School:  Glenstal Abbey

    International Honours:  Ireland Schools; Ireland U20

    Twitter:  @BigDunc123

    The Shannon club man moved up to the academy from the sub academy at the start of the 2011/12 season after impressing in the British and Irish Cup.  He made his B&I Cup debut against Melrose in December 2010.

    When playing for the Munster U20s he lined out alongside fellow senior players Dave O'Callaghan, Paddy Butler, Simon Zebo and Luke O'Dea.

    Casey made his non-competitive debut against La Rochelle in the opening pre-season game of 2012/13 and secured a development contract for season 2013/14.

    Impressed on his Munster senior debut as a substitute in the Heineken Cup clash against Perpignan in December 2013. 

    Started his first game for Munster against Scarlets at Musgrave Park in December 2013 although he had to be withdrawn in the first half with a head injury.

    Played the full 80 minutes for the first time on his eighth appearance against Ospreys in February '14.  In his first year of Heineken Cup rugby the Cork-man featured in both knock-out games of the competition, coming on against Toulouse and Toulon.

    Sustained a right shoulder injury against Edinburgh Rugby in May and completed his season rehabbing post-surgery.

    Duncan Casey
  • Andrew Conway

    Andrew Conway

    DoB1991-07-11 BirthplaceDublin Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionFull Back / Wing

    Senior Debut:  v Zebre, Sepember 2013, Stadio XXV Aprile

    Previous Club: Leinster

    School:  Blackrock College

    International Honours:  Ireland Schools; Ireland U20

    Twitter:  @aconway91

    Conway made the move to Munster at the start of the 2013/14 season after signing a two year contract.  

    He was included in the Emerging Ireland squad that travelled to Georgia for the Tbilisi Cup in June 2013 but picked up a calf injury while training, and took no part in the competition.

    He featured for the Irish U20s for two seasons, in 2009/10 and 2010/11, playing in two Six Nations tournaments and two Junior World Cups.

    Sustained knocks against Gloucester in pre-season and Glasgow in the PRO12 which has limited his game time early on in the 2013/14 season.

    Scored his first try for Munster in the bonus-point win away to Cardiff Blues in November 2013.

    Named on Emerging Ireland squad for tour to Romania, June 2014.

    Played in Emerging Ireland’s 2014 Nations Cup winning campaign, scoring a hat-trickof tries against Russia.

    Andrew Conway
  • Robin Copeland

    Robin Copeland

    DoB1987-10-23 BirthplaceWexford Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionFlanker

    Senior Debut: v Benetton Treviso, September 2014, Stadio Monigo

    Heineken Cup Debut:

    Previous Clubs:  Rotherham Titans, Cardiff Blues

    School: Kilkenny College

    Honours: Irish Wolfhounds, Emerging Ireland

    Twitter: @robocopey

    Copeland is a former Leinster Academy and St Mary’s College player.  Having joined Cardiff Blues in 2012, he went on to make 53 appearances for the team, scoring 8 tries along the way. 

    Was named in the preliminary 44-man squad for the 2014 Six Nations Championship.  He made his debut for Ireland Wolfhounds when he started in their friendly against England Saxons on January 25th 2014.

    Copeland was also named in Ireland's 34-man squad for the opening two fixtures of the 2014 Six Nations Championship.

    The Wexfordman joins the province on a two year contract commencing in July 2014.

    Played in Emerging Ireland’s 2014 Nations Cup winning campaign and was awarded Player of the Tournament.

    Made his first Munster appearance against London Irish in the SEAT Challenge at the Waterford RSC, August 2014.

    Copeland made his competitve debut against Benetton Treviso in the Guinness PRO12 at the Stadio Monigo, September 2014. 

    Robin Copeland
  • Alan Cotter

    Alan Cotter

    DoB1986-09-23 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb) PositionProp

    Senior Debut: v Connacht, December 2013, Thomond Park

    Club: Young Munster

    School: St. Munchin's

    International Honours: Ireland Schools

    Limerick born and educated at St Munchin's, Cotter joined the Munster Rugby Academy at the start of the 2010/11 season and, after completing his second year, earned a development contract for season 2012/13.  

    At the end of September 2012 he went on loan to London Irish for three games and in November played with Bath RFC against Harlequins.

    He made his British & Irish Cup debut in 2011/12 coming on against Neath, and played more of a prominent role the following season, featuring in seven games. Continues his development contract for the 2013/14 season.

    Made his senior debut as a substitute against Connacht in Thomond Park at the end of 2013.

    Made his Heineken Cup debut v Toulouse, April 2014.

    Signed a one-year development contract extension for the 2014/15 season.

    Alan Cotter
  • James Cronin

    James Cronin

    DoB1990-11-23 BirthplaceCork Height1.84 m (6' 0") Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb) PositionProp

    Senior Debut: v Leinster, April 2013, Thomond Park

    Heineken Cup Debut: v Edinburgh Rugby, October 2013, Murrayfield

    Club: Dolphin RFC

    Previous Clubs:  Highfield RFC, Ballincollig RFC

    School:  BCS Ballincollig

    Honours:  Munster Youths; Munster A

    Twitter:  @jcronin1990

    After playing his first game for Munster A against Connacht Eagles in a pre-season game in August 2012 James went on to make his British & Irish Cup debut against Rotherham Titans in December.

    He claimed his first senior cap in the RaboDirect PRO12 game against Leinster in Thomond Park in April 2013 and was voted Academy Player of the Year in May.

    After 2 years in the academy programme, the prop was rewarded with a development contract for season 2013/14.

    Cronin featured in both pre-season games against Gloucester and London Irish in August 2013 and capped his first competitive start for Munster against Edinburgh at Musgrave Park in September with a try.  Went on to make his Heineken Cup debut against the same side in October in Murrayfield. 

    Continued his impressive early season form into December and was rewarded with a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the province until at least June 2016.

    Following an ankle sprain, made a return to competitive action for Munster against Toulon in the Heineken Cup semi-final on April 27th 2014 and closed the season out with 26 appearances for the province.

    One of 4 uncapped players named in Ireland's summer tour to Argentina, 2014.

    Won his first Irish senior cap coming on as a replacement in Ireland's second test against Argentina, June 2014. 

    James Cronin
  • Ivan Dineen

    Ivan Dineen

    DoB1987-07-25 BirthplaceCork Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight99 kg (15 st 8 lb) PositionCentre

    Senior Debut:  v Benetton Treviso, October 2010, Thomond Park 

    Club: Cork Constitution

    Previous Club: UCC

    International Honours: Ireland U19

    Dineen joined the senior squad on a development contract for season 2011/12 moving to a full contract for the 2012/13 season.

    Involved with the Munster Sub Academy in summer 2010, he secured a short term training contract early in the 2010/11 season after impressing in Munster A Interpro games against Leinster and Ulster, and in the British & Irish Cup game against Llanelli.

    He made his league debut coming on as a 70th minute replacement against Benetton Treviso, and a week later started against Ulster in Ravenhill, scoring his first league try to clinch victory.

    Dineen was one of three additional players added to the Heineken Cup squad in March 2013.

    Made a strong start to the 2013/14 season scoring a try in the first game of the league campaign against Edinburgh.

    Dineen scored his third Munster try - his second at Ravenhill against Ulster - in the first game of 2014 that ended in a 29-19 defeat.

    Sprained his ankle badly playing for Munster A against Nottingham the following week, an injury that kept him out until February.

    Ivan Dineen
  • Sean Dougall

    Sean Dougall

    DoB1989-10-28 BirthplacePerth Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionBack Row

    Senior Debut: v Edinburgh Rugby, September 2012, Murrayfield

    Heineken Cup Debut: v Racing Metro, October 2012, Stade de France

    Previous Clubs: Malone RFC; Ulster Rugby; Rotherham Titans

    International Honours: Ireland U19

    Twitter: @seandougall

    A former Ulster Academy and Ulster Ravens player who represented Ireland at U19s level. He featured on the Ulster Ravens side beaten by Munster in the 2010 British & Irish Cup semi final at Thomond Park. 

    Injury interrupted his progress and he moved to Rotherham Titans where he enjoyed two successful seasons before joining Munster at the start of the 2012/13 season.

    Made the step up to Heineken Cup rugby look easy in October 2012 scoring a try in rounds one and two, against Racing Metro and Edinburgh Rugby.

    Dougall's impressive displays came to a halt at the the start of November when he picked up a knee ligament sprain which saw him out of action until mid-December.

    Following a return from injury and game time at senior and A level, Dougall sustained further knee ligament damage against Connacht in Musgrave Park in March 2013, ruling him out for a month.

    During his first season with Munster, Dougall agreed a two year extension.

    Scored his third Heineken Cup try for Munster in the bonus-point win against Perpignan at Thomond Park in December 2013.

    Sprained an ankle against Connacht three weeks later but returned as a substitute against Cardiff Blues in February.

    Celebrated his first start in 2014 with a try away to Ospreys towards the end of February.

    Named on Emerging Ireland squad for tour to Romania, June 2014

    Played in Emerging Ireland’s 2014 Nations Cup winning campaign.

    Sean Dougall
  • Keith Earls

    Keith Earls

    DoB1987-10-02 BirthplaceMoyross Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionUniversal Back

    Senior Debut:  v Ospreys, April 2007, The Liberty Stadium

    Heineken Debut:  v Montauban, October 2008, Thomond Park

    Club:  Young Munster

    Previous Club: Garryowen

    School:  St. Munchin's

    International Honours: Ireland Schools; Ireland U20; Ireland Wolfhounds; Ireland; British & Irish Lions

    The son of former Munster flanker Ger, he caught the eye at Schools level and since representing Ireland Schools has also featured on the Ireland U20 Grand Slam winning side in 2007.

    Earls made his first appearance for the Munster senior side as a replacement against Ospreys at The Liberty Stadium.

    The highlights since then include; a place on the bench in the 2008 Heineken Cup final, a hat-trick of tries in the Magners League game against Dragons in Musgrave Park (Sept 2008), the inevitable first Irish cap against Canada in Thomond Park two months later where he scored a try, a Magners League winning medal in April 2009 and a Lions debut in the opening tour game against a Royal XV in Rustenberg in May 2009.

    Earls was part of the James Coughlan-led Munster team that historically beat Australia 15–6 in November 2010 in Thomond Park. He also helped Munster to victory in the 2011 Magners League Grand Final scoring a try against Leinster.  

    He was a member of the 2011 Ireland World Cup squad that reached the quarter-final in New Zealand and his total of five tries made him Ireland's top try scorer at the tournament.

    Earls sustained a shoulder injury against Italy in the 2013 RBS Six Nations in March and went on to make one Munster appearance for the remainder of the season, starting against Clermont in the Heineken Cup semi final.

    He returned to 2013/14 pre-season training rehabbing his shoulder and scored a try on his first game of the season against Benetton Treviso. Earls missed the autumn internationals through injury but scored tries on either side of the international break against Leinster and Perpignan.

    Continued his rich vein of form with another try against Gloucester at Kingsholm in January 2014.

    Earls was named in the extended Ireland squad for the 2014 Six Nations and signed a two-year contract extension that keeps him at the province until at least June 2016.

    Injured his knee against Edinburgh in January an injury that will keep him out for between six and eight weeks.

    Was withdrawn from the Ireland summer tour to Argentina due to illness (gastroenteritis).

    Having tweaked his knee at an Ireland training camp in August 2014, he is expected to be out of action for four to five weeks.

    Keith Earls
  • Dave Foley

    Dave Foley

    DoB1988-05-16 BirthplaceTipperary Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb) PositionLock

    Senior Debut:  v Connacht, April 2010, The Sportsground

    Heineken Cup debut: v Gloucester, January 2014, Kingsholm

    Club:  UL Bohemians

    Previous Club:  Clonmel RFC

    School:  CBS Highschool Clonmel

    International Honours: Ireland Youths; Ireland U19; Emerging Ireland

    From Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Foley played a central role in Munster's run to the inaugural British & Irish Cup final in 2010, the same season he won his first senior cap as a second year academy member. 

    At the start of the 2010/11 season he secured a development contract and moved to a full senior contract the following season where he saw limited game time due to injury.

    He began the 2012/13 pre-season rehabbing, and made a return for the pre-season games against Bristol Rugby and London Irish in Musgrave Park.

    In addition to his 10 RaboDirect PRO12 appearances in 2012/13 Foley made seven appearances in the British & Irish Cup. 

    Foley was named in the Emerging Ireland squad to take part in the 2013 IRB Tbilisi Cup in Georgia in May 2013 and started all three games.

    Made his long-awaited Heineken Cup debut in January 2014 as a starter away to Gloucester and impressed as Munster prevailed on a scoreline of 20-7 and secured a quarter final place.

    Named on Emerging Ireland squad for tour to Romania, June 2014.

    Played in Emerging Ireland’s 2014 Nations Cup winning campaign.

    Dave Foley
  • Eusebio Guinazu

    Eusebio Guinazu

    DoB1982-01-15 BirthplaceMendoza Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionHooker

    Senior Debut:

    Champions Cup Debut:

    Previous Clubs: Bath, The Stormers, Biarritz, Agen, Toulon

    Twitter:  @EuseGuinazu

    Eusebio joined the province on a four-month contract in September after completing two seasons at Premiership outfit Bath Rugby.

    With Mike Sherry on the long-term injury list following a shoulder surgery the 32-year-old Argentinian was recruited on a short-term contract.

    The Mendoza-born international has 36 caps for his country and featured for Argentina in the 2013 Rugby Championship campaign.

    Eusebio Guinazu
  • JJ Hanrahan

    JJ Hanrahan

    DoB1992-07-27 BirthplaceKerry Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionOuthalf/Centre

    Senior Debut:  v Newport Gwent Dragons, September 2012, Thomond Park 

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Edinburgh, October 2012, Thomond Park

    Club:  UL Bohemians

    Previous Club:  Castleisland RFC

    School:  Rockwell College

    International Honours:  Ireland Schools; Ireland U20s

    Twitter:  @JjHanrahan

    Former Ireland Schools and U20s international Hanrahan completed two years with the Munster Rugby Academy before securing a development contract for the 2012/13 season.  

    As an academy member he first played for the Munster senior side against La Rochelle in the opening pre-season game in August 2011.

    In June 2012 he played an impressive role at out-half for the Ireland Under 20 side that finished 5th in the Junior World Cup in South Africa and was nominated for Junior Player of the Year.

    He then made his RaboDirect PRO12 debut against Newport Gwent Dragons in Thomond Park in September 2012, and as the youngest member of the squad was named in Munster's 38 man Heineken Cup squad for the season, going on to make his Cup debut as a replacement against Edinburgh in October at Thomond Park.

    He makes the move to a full senior contract at the start of the 2013/14 season for two seasons.

    Hanrahan was part of the Munster A team that won the British and Irish Cup title in May 2012.  From Castleisland in Co Kerry, he played his schools rugby with Rockwell College and plays his club rugby with UL Bohemians.

    Has impressed so far this season with man of the match performances against Zebre and Glasgow Warriors, also scored a crucial try late on away to Perpignan to win the game for Munster.

    Kicked 10 out of 10 as Munster had their biggest win of the season in February as Cardiff Blues were dispatched on a 54-13 scoreline.

    Named Young Player of the Year at the 2014 Munster Rugby Awards.

    Winner of the Golden Boot Award at the 2014 RaboDirect PRO12 Awards.  The minimum criteria are 20 attempts at goal and an 88.71% success rate secured Hanrahan the award for the 2013/14 league.

    Named on Emerging Ireland squad for tour to Romania, June 2014.

    Played in Emerging Ireland’s 2014 Nations Cup winning campaign.

    JJ Hanrahan
  • Billy Holland

    Billy Holland

    DoB1985-08-03 BirthplaceCork Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionBack Row / Lock

    Senior Debut:  v Llanelli Scarlets, September 2007, Musgrave Park

    Heineken Cup Debut: v Northampton Saints, April 2010, Thomond Park

    Club: Cork Constitution

    Previous Club:  UCC

    School:  CBC Cork

    International Honours:  Ireland U19, Ireland U21, Ireland Universities, Emerging Ireland

    Twitter:  @billyholland

    A son of former Munster team manager and Irish international Jerry, he has played Ireland U19/21s and made his competitive debut for Munster in September 2007 and was promoted to a full contract in summer 2009.

    He played on the Munster side narrowly defeated by New Zealand in 2008 and played a central role in the defeat of the touring Australians two years later.

    Captained the winning British & Irish Cup side in 2012.

    Holland featured in all of Munster's RaboDirect PRO12 games in the 2012/13 season, starting in 14 and coming on as a replacement in eight.

    As consistent as ever this season, Holland made his 80th appearance for Munster against Perpignan in December 2013.

    Signed a two-year contract extension in February 2014 that will keep him at the province until June 2016.

    Played in Emerging Ireland’s 2014 Nations Cup winning campaign in Romania in June 2014.

    Billy Holland
  • 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
  • Pat Howard

    Pat Howard

    DoB1992-03-27 BirthplacePietermaritzburg Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionCentre

    Pat Howard
  • Denis Hurley

    Denis Hurley

    DoB1984-07-15 BirthplaceWest Cork Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb) PositionFull Back / Wing

    Senior Debut:  v Llanelli Scarlets, May 2006, Stradey Park.

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Gloucester, April 2008, Kingsholm

    Club:  Cork Constitution

    Previous Club:  UCC

    School:  St. Munchin's

    International Honours: Ireland A; Ireland

    Twitter:  @DenisHurley15

    Another product of the Munster Academy, his father Gerry was a member of the Munster squad that defeated the All Blacks in 1978.

    Denis made his first competitive start for Munster against Llanelli Scarlets in Stradey Park in May 2006.

    He added just one cap to his total the following season but in 2007/08 became something of a cause celebre when making his debut, and preferred to Shaun Payne, for the Heineken Cup quarter final clash with Gloucester at Kingsholm.  

    Denis went on to start in the May Heineken Cup Final against Toulouse, playing his part in Munster's second Heineken Cup win.

    He won his first international cap (v USA in Santa Clara, California) and a Churchill Cup medal with Ireland A in summer 2009.

    Signed a one-year contract extension in April 2014 that will see him remain with the province and the IRFU until June 2015.

    Denis Hurley
  • Felix Jones

    Felix Jones

    DoB1987-08-05 BirthplaceDublin Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionUniversal Back

    Senior Debut:  v Glasgow Warriors, September 2009, Firhill

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Ulster, April 2012, Thomond Park

    Club: Shannon RFC

    Previous Clubs: Seapoint RFC, Leinster

    School:  St. Andrew's College

    International Honours: Ireland U20, Ireland A, Ireland

    Twitter:  @FelixJones15

    Joined Munster in 2009 after two years in the Leinster Academy. Prior to joining he played a starring role as Ireland A fullback in the Churchill Cup triumph in Colorado.

    From Sandycove in Dublin he was educated in St Andrews College and UCD, won an All Ireland Junior League medal with Seapoint before making his way south to Munster.  

    A neck injury in December '09 ended his inaugural season and his return in September 2010 lasted seven minutes shy of 3 games, an ankle injury (v Ospreys) ruling him out until March 2011.

    He fought back to feature in the end of season games and was called into the Ireland team for the pre World Cup games only for injury against France at the Aviva to ruin his chances of a World Cup place.

    Missing out on the opening half of season 2011/12's rugby he made his return to the Munster jersey against Treviso in Feb. '12 and a week later scored a try against Cardiff Blues.

    The injury front didn't end there with Felix picking up a shoulder injury at Munster's training session in the build-up to their RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final against Ospreys in May '12.  This required surgery and sidelined the player once again until Oct '12 when he returned against Edinburgh Rugby in the Heineken Cup.

    Underwent a minor knee scope at the end of Jan. '13 but was back in action a month later against Treviso, and finished out the season playing Rabo and Heineken Cup.

    Joined the Ireland Squad on the North America tour playing against the United States and Canada in June.  

    Underwent surgery on his shoulder at the start of July and is ruled out of action for the opening part of season 2013/14.

    Signed on for a further two seasons that will see him remain with Munster until at least the end of season 2014/2015.

    Started Munster's first five Heineken Cup games in 2013/14 and produced a superb defensive display away to Gloucester as progression to the quarter finals was secured.

    Named in the Ireland squad for the 2014 Six Nations.

    Included in the Ireland squad for summer tour to Argentina, 2014.

    Felix Jones
  • Ian Keatley

    Ian Keatley

    DoB1987-04-01 BirthplaceDublin Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionFly Half

    Senior Debut:  v Newport Gwent Dragons, September 2011, Musgrave Park

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Castres Olympique, January 2012, Thomond Park

    Club:  Young Munster

    Previous Clubs: Clontarf; Leinster; Connacht

    School:  Belvedere College

    International Honours: Ireland U18/U19/U20; Sevens; Wolfhounds; Emerging Ireland; Ireland 

    Dublin born, educated at Belvedere College and UCD, he was capped 57 times by Connacht having joined in season 2008/2009 from the Leinster Academy.

    Keatley made his Ireland debut against Canada in May 2009 and he joined Munster at the start of the 2011/12 season.

    He played in all 22 of Munster's RaboDirect PRO12 games for season 2012/13, starting in 15 games.

    He joined the Emerging Ireland squad in the Tbilisi Cup in Georgia, playing in all three games.

    Keatley earned his 60th Munster cap against Ulster in the first game of 2014 and was named in the extended Ireland squad for the 2014 Six Nations.

    Named on Emerging Ireland squad for tour to Romania, June 2014.

    Ian Keatley
  • Martin Kelly

    Martin Kelly

    DoB1989-12-05 BirthplaceKilkenny Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight124 kg (19 st 7 lb) PositionProp

    The 24-year-old tighthead plays his club rugby with Dublin University and represented Leinster A this season, featuring in the B&I Cup quarter-final victory against Munster A in Donnybrook at the start of April. 

    Will begin a one-year development contract with Munster at the start of July 2014.

    Martin Kelly
  • Dave Kilcoyne

    Dave Kilcoyne

    DoB1988-12-14 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionProp

    Senior Debut:  v Connacht, December 2011, Thomond Park

    Heineken Cup Debut: v Racing Metro, October 2012, Stade de France 

    Club: UL Bohemians

    School: Ard Scoil Rís

    International Honours: Ireland Schools; Ireland

    Twitter: @davidkilcoyne1

    Munster Academy groomed, he played in the 2010 British & Irish Cup final and again when Munster A won the title in April 2012.

    Moved to a senior contract for the 2012/13 season, after completing his second year in the academy. 

    He made his Heineken Cup debut in October 2012 away to Racing Metro and started in 7 of Munster's 8 Heineken Cup games that season.

    Kilcoyne also made his Ireland debut in the 2012 November series, coming on as a blood replacement against South Africa. He featured in his first 6 Nations in 2013 and finished his International season with a touring place to North America. 

    Kilcoyne featured heavily for Munster in the first half of the 2013/14 season, scoring tries at home against Perpignan and away to Ulster.

    Named in the extended Ireland squad for the 2014 Six Nations and was named on the 2013/14 RaboDirect PRO12 Dream Team.  The Limerick prop made the most appearances for season 2013/14 playing in 30 of Munster's 31 games.

    Included in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to Argentina in June 2014.

    Dave Kilcoyne
  • Johne Murphy

    Johne Murphy

    DoB1984-11-10 BirthplaceRathangan,Kildare Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) PositionFull Back / Wing

    Senior Debut: v Aironi Rugby, September 2010, Musgrave Park

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v London Irish, October 2010, Madjeski Stadium

    Club: Young Munster

    Previous Clubs: Lansdowne FC, Leicester Tigers

    School:  Newbridge College

    International Honours: Ireland Wolfhounds

    Twitter: @MurphyJohne

    From Rathangan in Co. Kildare, the former Newbridge College pupil joined Munster after five seasons at Leicester Tigers where he was top try scorer in 2008/09.

    The switch to Munster in 2010 started well and Murphy opened his account for the province with a brace of tries in his third outing (v Glasgow Warriors in Firhill) in a season that saw him appear 25 times for his new club.  

    His continued good form into the following season earned Murphy a two-year contract extension in March 2012.

    Scored his first try of the 2013/14 season in the 26-10 win against Gloucester at Thomond Park in the Heineken Cup.

    Murphy made his 70th Munster appearance against Connacht in December 2013.

    Signed a one-year contract extension in April 2014 that will see him remain with the province and the IRFU until June 2015.

    Named on Emerging Ireland squad for tour to Romania, June 2014.

    Johne Murphy
  • Conor Murray

    Conor Murray

    DoB1989-04-20 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight94 kg (14 st 10 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Senior Debut:  v Connacht, April 2010, the Sportsground

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Northampton Saints, November 2011, Thomond Park

    Club: Garryowen

    School: St. Munchin's 

    International Honours: Ireland U20; Ireland

    Twitter: @ConorMurray_9

    From Patrickswell, Co Limerick, Conor came through the Munster Rugby Academy and his rise has been meteoric.  He completed his three years with the academy at the end  of season 10/11 and then secured a senior contract.

    While in the Academy Conor made his Munster senior debut as a replacement against the Sale Sharks in the 2009 pre-season game in Musgrave Park.

    Then his competitive debut included a very brief appearance as a blood replacement in Galway in the Magners League. His second outing in the Munster shirt was as a 78th minute replacement against the touring Australians in November 2010.

    A year later he had established himself as first choice scrum half for Munster and for Ireland starting for the national side in the World Cup in New Zealand.

    Since then he has become the regular starter in the Ireland number 9 shirt.

    Murray's 2012/13 season ended with a Lions squad inclusion and he featured in seven of the touring games including two of the test games. 

    Made an impressive start to the 2013/14 campaign but sustained medial ligament damage to his right knee against Perpignan in December, an injury that will keep him out of action for approximately six weeks.

    In the same month, Murray signed a new two-year contract extension to keep him at the province until at least June 2016.

    Returned to the side to earn his 50th Munster cap in the Heineken Cup win against Gloucester at Kingsholm in January 2014.

    Started all five games in Ireland's successful 2014 Six Nations campaign. Was one of the side's stand-out performers throughout the Championship brilliantly setting up Andrew Trimble for a vital try in the win against France in Paris.

    Named Munster Rugby Player of the Year at the 2014 Munster Rugby Awards

    Included in the Ireland squad for summer tour to Argentina, 2014.

    Conor Murray
  • Kevin O'Byrne

    Kevin O'Byrne

    DoB1991-04-16 BirthplaceCork Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionHooker

    Senior Debut: v Edinburgh, September 2014, Thomond Park

    Club: UL Bohemians

    Previous Club: UCC, Highfield 

    School: PBC/Hewitt

    A former Connacht Rugby academy player the UL Bohs man featured for the Munster As and Development Squad in season 2013/14 and joined Munster on a training contract at the start of this season.  

    He went on to make his debut against Gloucester at Kingsholm in August and then started in his PRO12 debut against Edinburgh in Thomond Park in the first competitive game of the season.

    As a Munster U20s player he lined out with current squad members Cian Bohane, Shane Buckley, Johnny Holland, JJ Hanrahan and Niall Scannell during 2010/11.

    He captained the Munster U18 Clubs side at the 2008/09 Interpros and was part of the Highfield U18s All Ireland winning squad in 2009.

    Kevin O'Byrne
  • Dave O'Callaghan

    Dave O'Callaghan

    DoB1990-01-12 BirthplaceCork Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight109 kg (17 st 2 lb) PositionBack Row / Lock

    Senior Debut:  v Ospreys, October 2011, Thomond Park Stadium

    Heineken Cup Debut: v Northampton Saints, January 2012, Milton Keynes

    Club: Dolphin

    Previous Club:  UCC

    School:  Midleton College

    International Honours: Ireland U18/U20, Emerging Ireland


    O'Callaghan spent three years at the Munster Rugby Academy and was added to the Heineken Cup squad in the 2011/2012 season.

    This was just reward for the impact he'd made at British & Irish Cup level and on the number of occasions he featured in RaboDirect PRO12 games.

    The Corkman had to wait until the end of 2012 for his first Heineken Cup start, excelling in a pool win over Saracens at Thomond Park.

    He represented the Ireland U20s in two Junior World Cup campaigns, in Japan in 2009 and in Argentina in 2010. 

    O'Callaghan signed a new contract at the beginning of 2013 that will keep him at Munster until at least 2015.

    The Cork man had to undergo surgery after injuring the patellar tendon in his right knee against Zebre in February 2014 and closed out his season rehabbing.

    Dave O'Callaghan
  • Donncha O'Callaghan

    Donncha O'Callaghan

    DoB1979-03-24 BirthplaceCork Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight117 kg (18 st 5 lb) PositionLock

    Senior Debut:  v Edinburgh Reivers, August 1998, Musgrave Park

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Perpignan, October 1998, Stade Aime Giral

    Club:  Cork Consitution

    Previous Clubs:  Highfield RFC

    International Honours:  Ireland Schools; Ireland U19/21; Ireland A; Ireland Senior; British & Irish Lions

    Twitter:  @docallaghan4

    Younger brother of former Munster player Ultan, he played on an Ireland Schools side that included Brian O’Driscoll.

    O’Callaghan won an U19 World Cup medal in 1998, that side coached by Declan Kidney. Made his U21 debut in Feb ’99 and since then has played at every international level.

    Featured in both the 2006 & 2008 Heineken Cup winning sides, and in 2009 went on his second trip with the British & Irish Lions captaining the side to victory over the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.

    Signed a contract extension late in 2013 that will keep him at Munster until at least 2016.

    Became Munster's record appearance holder when he came off the bench to win his 241st cap against Zebre at Musgrave Park in February 2014.

    The first ever recipient of IRUPA's Contribution to Society Award in recognition of the significant impact made to society through his work with Unicef.

    Represented the Barbarians in June 2014, the Baa-baas defeating an England XV 23-39 at Twickenham. 

    Donncha O'Callaghan
  • Paul O'Connell

    Paul O'Connell

    DoB1979-10-20 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionLock

    Senior Debut:  v Edinburgh, August 2001, Myreside

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Harlequins, September 2001, The Stoop

    Club: Young Munster RFC

    International Honours: Ireland School/U21/A/Senior; British & Irish Lions

    Twitter: @Paul_OConnell

    Played on the same Ireland Schools side as international teammate Gordon D’Arcy and five consecutive games for Ireland Under-21s with Donncha O’Callaghan as his second row partner.

    Scored a try on his senior international debut v Wales and won the Grand Slam under Declan Kidney in 2009.

    Played three Tests for the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand in 2005 and in 2009 captained the squad in South Africa. Toured with the Lions for the third time in 2013 as they successfully overcame Australia, although O' Connell fractured an arm in the second test.

    Captained Munster to their second Heineken Cup title in 2008 and also led the side to two Magners League trophies, in 2009 and 2011.

    Returned to the Munster side in late September as a substitute against Newport Gwent Dragons after recovering for the arm injury he picked up with the Lions.

    Awarded the Irish captaincy by Joe Schmidt ahead of the 2013 autumn internationals.  

    Played 80 minutes in each of Munster's first five Heineken Cup games of 2013/14 and was awarded Man of the Match in the 20-7 win against Gloucester at Kingsholm.

    Captained Ireland to the Six Nations Championship in 2014. Missed the opener against Scotland with a chest infection before returning to play the remaining four games in the successful campaign.

    Earned his 75th Heineken Cup cap in Munster's quarter final victory over Toulouse and in the same game scored his first Heineken Cup try since 2008.

    Included in the Ireland squad for the 2014 summer tour to Argentina.

    Made his 100th test appearance in Ireland's first test against Argentina, June 2014. O'Connell has won 93 caps for Ireland and 7 for the British & Irish Lions.

    Paul O'Connell
  • Luke O'Dea

    Luke O'Dea

    DoB1990-07-18 BirthplaceBirmingham Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionWing

    Senior Debut:  v Edinburgh, November 2011, Thomond Park

    Heineken Cup debut:  v Saracens, December 2012, Vicarage Road

    Club: Shannon

    International Honours: Ireland Youths

    Twitter:  @flubberbump

    Spent two years with the Munster Rugby Academy before moving to a Development Contract in 2012.

    Impressed at British & Irish Cup level and marked his first game for the senior side with a try in the RaboDirect PRO12 against Edinburgh in 2011.

    He wound up his debut year with an impressive four tries to his name.

    Signed a senior contract at the start of 2013 that will keep him at Munster until at least 2015.

    Was unfortunate to pick up a wrist injury in March 2013 against Leinster A and only made his return to club action in October although has yet to feature for Munster.  

    Picked up a slight hamstring strain playing for Shannon which kept him sidelined until Munster's round 3 B&I Cup game against Plymouth Albion in December where he unfortunately fractured a bone in his right thumb.

    Returned to action in 2014 but sustained a grade one lateral ligament sprain during Munster A's win against Connacht Eagles and is rehabbing.

    Played for a Munster 7’s side at the Limerick World Club 7s Festival in Thomond Park, August 2014. Sustaining a knee injury at the tournament, he will miss the opening weeks of the season.

    Luke O'Dea
  • Tommy O'Donnell

    Tommy O'Donnell

    DoB1987-05-21 BirthplaceTipperary Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionBack Row

    Senior Debut:  v Scarlets, September 2007, Musgrave Park

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Scarlets, December 2011, Thomond Park

    Club: UL Bohemians

    Previous Club: Clanwilliam

    International Honours: Ireland Youths; Ireland U19/U20; Emerging Ireland; Ireland

    Twitter:  @TommyoDonnell87

    Munster Rugby Academy graduate, he's been a senior contracted player now since the 2009/10 season.

    Named Munster's Player of the Year after a hugely impressive 2012/13 campaign.

    Despite suffering two injuries, O'Donnell impressed in each of his 21 outings scoring four tries in the process to win the award ahead of Dave Kilcoyne and Simon Zebo.

    Earned his first Irish cap against the USA in June '13 but sustained a knee injury against Zebre in the league in September.

    O'Donnell returned to action ahead of schedule and made his comeback as a substitute for Munster A in the B & I Cup game against Plymouth in December. 

    Signed a two-year IRFU contract extension in November 2013 that will keep him at Munster until at least 2016.

    Named in the Ireland squad for the 2014 Six Nations and made his Six Nations debut as a substitute in the opener against Scotland. Came off the bench again a week later against Wales with Ireland going on to win the Six Nations in Paris.

    Named on Emerging Ireland squad for tour to Romania, June 2014.

    Played in Emerging Ireland’s 2014 Nations Cup winning campaign.

    Tommy O'Donnell
  • Barry O'Mahony

    Barry O'Mahony

    DoB1986-09-26 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight99 kg (15 st 8 lb) PositionFlanker

    Senior Debut:  v Edinburgh, September 2012, Murrayfield

    Club:  Clontarf

    Previous Club:  Clontarf RFC, Dolphin RFC, Garryowen FC

    Honours:  Ireland Club XV

    Twitter:  OMahonyBarry

    The Limerick born UCC graduate came straight into the Munster squad on a Development Contract in Summer 2012 after impressive displays with Clontarf in the Ulster Bank League and equally impressive performances with the Ireland Club XV side.

    A product of Crescent College Comprehensive and Garryowen, O'Mahony is a former member of the Munster Rugby Academy and returned to the Munster set-up in April 2012 when he featured for the Munster A's in the British and Irish Cup winning semi final and final stages.

    His brother Ronan, a winger, joined him in the senior squad at the start of the 2013/14 season.

    Captained Munster A for the first time at the start of 2014 and led the side to a bonus-point win against Nottingham at St. Mary's RFC. 

    Made his first Thomond Park appearance for Munster as a starter against Cardiff in February. 

    Signed a one-year development contract extension for the 2014/15 season and starts the pre-season rehabbing after undergoing surgery on his knee in May 2014.

    Barry O'Mahony
  • Peter O'Mahony

    Peter O'Mahony

    DoB1989-09-17 BirthplaceCork Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionBack Row

    League Debut:  v Ulster, January 2010, Ravenhill

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Northampton Saints, November 2011, Thomond Park

    Club: Cork Constitution

    School:  PBC

    Internationals Honours: Ireland Schools;Ireland Under 18; Ireland Under 20; Ireland A; Ireland

    Twitter:  @Peterom6

    Educated at PBC and captained the Ireland U20s. In his final year with the Academy Peter made his Magners League off the bench against Ulster  (Jan 2010) and captained Munster to the final of the inaugural British and Irish Cup that season.

    Awarded a senior contract at the start  of 2011/12 season, he captained Munster in five of their opening games, made his Heineken Cup debut in Round One and scored a try in the second game away to Castres Olympique.

    He won his first senior International cap against Italy (Feb '12), was included in the Irish squad for the June tour to New Zealand and played in all three Tests, starting the final one in Hamliton at number 8.

    Captained the Irish team in their summer tour of North America and took over the Munster captaincy after the departure of Doug Howlett at the end of the 2012/13 season.

    Scored the crucial bonus-point try against Edinburgh as Munster secured a home Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse.

    Played a vital part in Ireland's successful 2014 Six Nations campaign. Won the Man of the Match award against Wales but missed the win over Italy before returning for the win in Paris that secured the Championship.

    Sustained a shoulder injury in Munster's Heineken Cup quarter-final victory against Toulouse in Thomond Park and after a reconstructive shoulder surgery is ruled out for the remainder of the season.  While rehabbing his left shoulder, he also underwent keyhole surgery on his right shoulder, using his time on the side-lines to repair an ongoing issue.

    Peter O'Mahony
  • Ronan O'Mahony

    Ronan O'Mahony

    DoB1989-05-28 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionWing

    Senior Debut:  v Newport Gwent Dragons, April 2012, Rodney Parade

    Club: Garryowen FC

    School: Castletroy College

    International Honours: Ireland U18; Ireland U19; Ireland U20

    Twitter: @RonanOMahony1

    As a sub academy player O'Mahony made his Munster debut as a replacement against the Sale Sharks in the pre-season game in Musgrave Park in August '09.

    He made the move up to the academy at the start of the 10/11 season and after completing his three years secured a development contract for season 2013/14, joining his older brother Barry in the senior set-up.

    Ronan made his RaboDirect PRO12 debut scoring a try against Newport Gwent Dragons in April 2013 and was one of three academy players nominated for the Academy Player of the Year in May 2013.  

    O'Mahony burst in to the limelight when he scored a hat-trick against London Irish in the pre-season game in Musgrave Park and was subsequently named in Munster's Heineken Cup squad for 2013/14.

    Scored six tries in Munster A's first six games in the B&I Cup in the 2013/14 season.

    Captained Munster A for the first time when they beat Connacht Eagles 15-13 at the Sportsgrounds in February.

    Signed a one-year development contract extension for the 2014/15 season.

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

    Ronan O'Mahony
  • Donnacha Ryan

    Donnacha Ryan

    DoB1983-12-11 BirthplaceLimerick Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight116 kg (18 st 3 lb) PositionLock / Flanker

    Senior Debut:  v Ospreys, September 2004, St Helens

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Scarlets, March 2007, Stradey Park

    Club:  Shannon

    Previous Club:  Nenagh Ormond

    School:  St. Munchin's College

    Internationals Honours: Ireland Youths; Emerging Ireland; Ireland A; Ireland

    From Nenagh Co Tipperary, has  represented Ireland at Youth (U18) level and U21 level. In the summer 2009 he played with both the Ireland senior international squad and the Churchill Cup squad.

    Won Munster's Player of the Year award for his impressive contribution throughout the 2011/12 season.

    Was one of the stand out players in Ireland's June 2012 three Test trip to New Zealand.

    Injured a knee in Munster's win over Gloucester at Thomond Park in October which means he will miss Ireland's autumn internationals.

    Signed a new three-year deal with the IRFU in late 2013 that will keep him at Munster until at least June 2017.

    Returned to start away to Perpignan in December but missed the end of 2013 and the start of 2014 with a niggling knee issue.  Regained full fitness in February 2014 and started against Zebre at Musgrave Park.

    Called into the Ireland Six Nations squad midway through the 2014 Championship but did not play.

    Injured a toe in his right foot in March 2014 against Benetton Treviso.

    Donnacha Ryan
  • John Ryan

    John Ryan

    DoB1988-08-02 BirthplaceCork Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight116 kg (18 st 3 lb) PositionProp

    Senior Debut:  v Cardiff Blues, September 2011, City Stadium

    Heineken Cup Debut: v Racing Metro, January 2013, Thomond Park

    Club:  Cork Consitution

    Previous Club:  UCC

    School:  Christian Brothers College, Cork

    Internationals Honours:  Ireland Club International XV

    Twitter:  @john_ryan_88  

    From Berrings, Co. Cork the 24 year old CBC educated prop can play tight or loose-head.  He represented Munster at Schools & U19/20 level, and has played with the International Club XV side for the '11 and '12 seasons.

    Was on the bench for the November '11 Heineken Cup game v Northampton Saints and made his European debut against Racing Metro in January '13 in Thomond Park.

    Went on loan to London Irish for the opening games of the 2012/13 season.

    Played 11 games for Munster in the 2013/14 season before getting concussed against Treviso at Thomond Park in March.

    Named on Emerging Ireland squad for tour to Romania, June 2014.

    Played in Emerging Ireland’s 2014 Nations Cup winning campaign.

    John Ryan
  • Niall Scannell

    Niall Scannell

    DoB1992-04-08 BirthplaceCork Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight109 kg (17 st 2 lb) PositionHooker

    Senior Debut: v Scarlets, December 2013, Musgrave Park

    Club:  Dolphin RFC

    School:  PBC

    International Honours:  Ireland Schools/U20

    Twitter:  @N_Scannell222

    Niall captained the Ireland U20s at the 2012 Junior World Championships in South Africa and made his  British and Irish Cup debut in January 2013 against Aberavon RFC.  

    He secured a development contract for season 2013/14 after completing two years of the academy programme while his younger brother Rory was promoted to the academy.

    Scannell captained his school's side to victory in the Avonmore Schools Senior Cup in 2010.

    Included in Munster's 2013/14 Heineken Cup squad.

    Made his senior debut as a 30th minute substitute for the injured Duncan Casey against Scarlets and followed that up a week later with a start against Connacht at Thomond Park.

    Hyper-extended his elbow at training in January which forced him to miss out for a number of weeks but returned in February.

    Signed a one-year development contract extension for the 2014/15 season.

    Picked up a fractured wrist during pre-season and will miss the start of the 2014/15 season.

    Niall Scannell
  • Cathal Sheridan

    Cathal Sheridan

    DoB1988-11-14 BirthplaceSligo Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Gloucester, October 2013, Thomond Park

    Senior Debut:  v Edinburgh, February 2013, Musgrave Park

    Club:  UL Bohemians

    Previous Club:  Sligo Rugby Club

    School:  Sligo Grammar School

    International Honours:  Ireland Club XV

    Twitter:  @catsheridan1

    The 25-year-old hails from Ballysadare Co Sligo and he represented Connacht at U19 level before moving to Limerick where he plays his club rugby with UL Bohemians.

    A product of the Munster Rugby Academy, Sheridan has represented Munster A and played with the Ireland Club International side.

    As a developement player he started to break into the first team in the 2012/13 season, making seven appearances.

    Moved up to a senior contract in the 2013 season and made his Heineken Cup debut against Gloucester in October.

    Started his first Heineken Cup game away to Perpignan in December and played an important part in the dramatic 18-17 win.

    Suffered a setback away to Ulster at the start of 2014 after injuring the medial ligaments in his left knee. Ruled out for approximately 4-6 weeks.

    Sheridan returned to action against Cardiff Blues in February but suffered another setback towards the end of the month when he was ruled out for 3-4 months after breaking a bone in his right forearm against Ospreys.

    Made a return to action in Munster's pre-season friendly away to Gloucester in August.

    Cathal Sheridan
  • Mike Sherry

    Mike Sherry

    DoB1988-06-18 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionHooker

    Senior Debut:  v Connacht, December 2009, Thomond Park

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Toulon, January 2011, Stade Mayol

    Club: Garryowen FC

    School:  Ardscoil Rís, Limerick

    Internationals Honours: Ireland Schools; Ireland U19; Emerging Ireland; Ireland

    Twitter:  @Mikesherry24

    On completing his second year at the Munster Academy, Sherry secured a senior contract for season 2011/12.

    He made his Magners League debut as a replacement against Connacht at Thomond Park in December 2009.

    Was drafted into the Ireland World Cup 2011 squad as an injury call up and was included in the Ireland squad for the three Test June 2012 trip to New Zealand.

    Became one of Munster's youngest ever captains when he led the side out against Scarlets in March 2013 at the age of 24.

    Signed a contract extension at the start of 2013 that will keep him at Munster until at least 2015.

    Sherry enjoyed a productive first half of the 2013/14 season and featured in 10 games for Munster.

    The Irish international ruptured the cruciate ligament in his left knee at the end of November in the game against Newport Gwent Dragons and is expected to be out for six months.  While side-lined Sherry underwent shoulder surgery in January.

    Continued to integrate back into full 2014/15 pre-season training, however following a routine check-up on his shoulder another issue was identified with the Limerick-man undergoing a second shoulder surgery in August and will remain out of action until the New Year.

    Mike Sherry
  • Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith

    DoB1985-01-10 BirthplaceSydney, NSW Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb) PositionCentre

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

    Heineken Cup Debut:

    Previous Clubs:  Brumbies 

    A former member of the Waratahs Academy system, Smith has 43 Super Rugby caps after making his debut against the Blues in 2010.

    Featured against the British and Irish Lions in 2013 when the Brumbies were the only provincial side to defeat them.

    Joins the Munster Rugby squad for season 2014/15 on a one-year contract.

    Made his first Munster appearance against London Irish in the SEAT Challenge at the Waterford RSC, August 2014.  

    Smith made his competitve debut against Edinburgh Rugby in the Guinness PRO12 at Thomond Park, September 2014.

    Scored his first try for the province in Munster's Guinness PRO12 win over Zebre at Thomond Park, September 2014.

    Andrew Smith
  • CJ Stander

    CJ Stander

    DoB1990-04-05 BirthplaceGeorge Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight113 kg (17 st 11 lb) PositionBack Row

    Senior Debut:  v Scarlets, November 2012, Musgrave Park

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Edinburgh, October 2013, Murrayfield

    Previous Club: Blue Bulls

    International Honours:  South Africa Schools; South Africa U20s

    Twitter:  @CJStander

    Stander joined Munster in October 2012 on a two year contract, making the move from Super 15 side the Blue Bulls in South Africa. 

    The back-row forward has captained the Blue Bulls at U19 and U21 level as well as South Africa at School and U20s level.

    He scored two tries on his first start against Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park in December 2012 and repeated the feat at the start of the 2013/14 season with a double against Zebre in Italy.

    Made his Heineken Cup debut against Edinburgh in Murrayfield in October 2013 and signed a two year contract extension in January that will see him remain with the province until at least June 2016. 

    Named man of the match in the game against Zebre at Musgrave Park in February 2014.

    CJ Stander
  • Gerhard van den Heever

    Gerhard van den Heever

    DoB1989-04-13 BirthplaceBloemfontein Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionWing

    Senior Debut:  v Newport Gwent Dragons, Nov 2013, Rodney Parade

    Previous Club:  Western Province; Stormers; Blue Bulls; Bulls

    Twitter:  @Gerhardvdheever

    Gerhard joined Munster in November 2013 (for two years) after completing his time with Western Province as they advanced to the Currie Cup Final in October.

    Van den Heever made his Super Rugby debut with the Bulls at the age of just 20 and enjoyed a highly successful two years there, winning the Super Rugby competition in 2009.

    He made the move to the Stormers in 2011 and has played provincial rugby for the Blue Bulls and Western Province, winning the Currie Cup with both sides.

    In making the move to Munster Gerhard joins his former Blue Bulls team-mate CJ Stander.

    It wasn't the best of starts for the young South African as he sustained a broken bone in his right hand when making his Munster debut against Newport Gwent Dragons.

    Scored two tries on his first appearance for Munster A - including an 80th minute effort that secured the bonus-point - in the 30-15 win against Nottingham at the start of 2014. 

    Followed that up a week later with another try away to Stirling before scoring his first try for the senior side against Cardiff Blues in February 2014. Scored his second try for Munster against Scarlets at the start of March. 

    Made his Heineken Cup debut v Toulouse, April 2014.

    Played for a Munster 7’s side at the Limerick World Club 7s Festival in Thomond Park, August 2014.  Sustaining a knee injury at the tournament, he will miss the opening weeks of the season.
     

    Gerhard van den Heever
  • Damien Varley

    Damien Varley

    DoB1983-10-29 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionHooker

    Senior Debut:  v Ospreys, May 2006, Liberty Stadium

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v Benetton Treviso, October 2009, Thomond Park

    Club: Garryowen FC

    Previous Club: London Wasps

    School:  St. Munchin's College

    Internationals Honours: Ireland Wolfhounds; Ireland

    Twitter:  @VarleyDamien
     

    All Ireland medal winner with Garryowen, as a club player he represented Munster in the May 2006 Magners League game against Ospreys coming on as a second half replacement.

    Was also on the bench the following weekend against Scarlets at Stradey Park. Moved to London and a contract with London Wasps in 2008 and played in two Premiership games.

    Returned to Limerick at the start of the 09/10 season and to the Munster side for the opening game against Sale Sharks at Musgrave Park.

    Played his first game for Ireland against Australia in June 2010.

    Made his 100th appearance for Munster against Newport Gwent Dragons in September 2013 at Musgrave Park.

    Varley has captained Munster twice this season and produced a man of the match performance in the 12-6 win over Ospreys at the start of October. 

    Named in the extended Ireland squad for the 2014 Six Nations.

    Suffered delayed concussion folling the Heineken Cup game against Edinburgh in January 2014 and missed a number of weeks as he followed the IRB return-to-play protocols.

    Included in the Ireland squad for summer tour to Argentina, 2014.

    Damien Varley
  • Duncan Williams

    Duncan Williams

    DoB1986-04-17 BirthplaceDouglas Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Senior Debut:  v Connacht, December 2009, Thomond Park

    Heineken Cup Debut:  v London Irish, October 2010, Madejski Stadium

    Club: Cork Constiution

    School:  CBC, Cork

    Internationals Honours: Ireland Schools; Ireland U21

    Twitter:  @WilliamsDuncan

    Another product of the Munster Rugby Academy Williams plays his club rugby for Cork Constitution and is a former Schools and Ireland U21 international.

    The scrum-half was awarded a full contract  at the start of the 2010/11 season and started against Australia in Munster's historic 15-6 victory in November 2010.

    Williams scored his first try for Munster in their 35-12 win against Scarlets in September 2011 and also touched down in Munster A's British and Irish Cup final win over Cross Keys in April 2012.

    He signed a two-year contract extension with Munster in March 2012.

    Signed a one-year contract extension at the end of February in 2014 that will see him stay with the province until June 2015. 

    Duncan Williams
  • Simon Zebo

    Simon Zebo

    DoB1990-03-16 BirthplaceCork Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight94 kg (14 st 10 lb) PositionWing

    Senior Debut:  v Connacht, April 2010, The Sportsground

    Heineken Cup Debut: v Scarlets, December 2011, Parc Y Scarlets

    Club: Cork Constitution

    School:  PBC

    Internationals Honours: Ireland Schools; Under 20; Ireland; British and Irish Lions

    Twitter: @SimonZebo

    Educated at PBC, Simon is a product of the Munster Academy and made his first start as a sub academy player.  

    After one year in the academy he secured a full contract at the start of the 2011/12 season and made his Heineken Cup debut that same season. 

    The regular sarting 11 since then, he scored a hat-trick of tries in the final Heineken Cup pool game against Northampton Saints in January 2011 and ended the 2011/12 season as leading try scorer (12). 

    Representative honours include Munster & Ireland U18 & 20s. He marked his first appearance in an Ireland senior jersey with a try in the May 29th 2012 game against the Barbarians at Kingsholm and was included in the Ireland tour squad for the 3 Test June trip to New Zealand and played in the opening Test in Auckland.

    His RBS 6 Nations debut came in Cardiff in February 2013 when he produced one of the moments of the tournament when he back-heeled Jamie Heaslip’s pass into his own hands before sending Cian Healy over in the corner for a magnificent try in the win over eventual champions Wales..

    A try of his own in the same match meant it was a 6 Nations debut to remember, but his happiness was short lived when he broke a bone in his foot in Ireland’s second match of the tournament against England which forced him to miss 10 weeks of action.

    Zebo was in Houston with the Ireland team when he received a call up to the British and Irish Lions, to act as cover for the injured Tommy Bowe, during the tour of Australia in June 2013.  He started against the NSW Waratahs and played on two other occasions against the Brumbies and the Melbourne Rebels.

    Zebo signed a three-year deal with Munster in January 2013.

    Cracked a bone in his left foot playing against Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup in October 2013 and made his return as a substitute against Gloucester in January 2014.

    Came off the bench a week later and scored the fifth try against Edinburgh as Munster secured a home Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse.

    Scored five tries in the four games on his return from injury and was called into the Ireland Six Nations squad midway the 2014 Championship.

    Included in the Ireland squad for Summer Tour to Argentina, June 2014.

    Started in both tests of Ireland's Summer Tour to Argentina, June 2014.

    Scored his third hat-trick of tries for the province in Munster's Guinness PRO12 win over Zebre at Thomond Park, September 2014.

    Simon Zebo