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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; Emerging Ireland; 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 PRO12 game against Dragons in April.

    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.

    Was included in the Ireland squad for the 2014 Guinness Series.

    Signed a three year contract extension with the province in December 2014. Archer impressed after Christmas and was exceptional in the narrow PRO12 semi-final win over Ospreys.

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

    Stephen Archer
  • Tyler Bleyendaal

    Tyler Bleyendaal

    DoB1990-05-31 BirthplaceChristchurch Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionCentre

    League Debut: 

    European Debut: 

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    Previous Clubs: Canterbury Crusaders

    International Honours: New Zealand U20

    A former New Zealand U20s player the Christchurch born Bleyendaal captained the side to victory in the 2010 Junior World Championship in Argentina.

    Playing at out-half or first centre, the 23-year-old has made 20 Super Rugby appearances for the Crusaders and represented Canterbury in the ITM Cup on 31 occasions.

    Tyler was set to join the province on a three-year contract on completion of his ITM Cup commitments with Canterbury in October, subject to medical and fitness asssessments on arrival, but after sustaining a neck injury in the second round of the competition he underwent surgery to correct a disc lesion, keeping him side-lined for a lenghty period.

    Bleyendaal arrived in the province in late January and passed a complete medical assessment. Returned to full training towards the end of the 2014/15 season and played for Munster 'A' against Ulster Ravens at Naas in April. 

    Tyler Bleyendaal
  • 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.

    Signed a two-year contract extension in January - remaining at development status for 2015/16 and advancing to full contract status up until June 2017.

    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 PRO12 before returning to make 21 appearances for the province.

    In leading the way in appearances for 2014/15 Botha made 29 out of a possible 30 competitive appearances for the season,  claiming his 100th cap for Munster in the PRO12 final defeat to Glasgow Warriors in Belfast.

    Signed a six-month contract extension in March to prolong his stay at the province until December 2015.

    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

    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.

    Signes a one-year development contract extension for season 2015/16.

    Shane Buckley
  • 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.

    With a keen interest in journalism Duncan documented Munster's pre-season training with a weekly diary, the links for which can be found to the right under latest player news.

    Scored his first try away to Newport Gwent Dragons in November 2014 and dotted down an intercept try against Clermont in the Champions Cup in December.

    Sustained an ankle injury during the Lanzarote training camp in February 2015 that saw him sidelined for a number of weeks before making a try-scoring return against Connacht at the end of March.

    Was rewarded for his rise through the ranks with the 2015 Munster Rugby Young Player of the Year Award at the end of April.

    Duncan Casey
  • Jordan Coghlan

    Jordan Coghlan

    DoB1992-10-30 BirthplaceDublin Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb) PositionCentre

    League debut: 

    European debut: 

    Club:

    Previous Club: Leinster

    School: Clongowes Wood College

    International Honours: Ireland U20

    Won a Leinster Junior and two Senior Cup medals with Clongowes Wood College.

    He represented Ireland U20s during the 2012 6 Nations and Junior World Championship in South Africa.

    The back-row forward joins Munster upon completion of his final year of the Leinster Rugby Academy on a one-year development contract.

    Made his PRO12 debut for Leinster in September 2012 off the bench against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade, and was part of the Leinster 'A' squad that won B&I Cup titles in 2013 and 2014.

    Jordan Coghlan
  • 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

    Champions Cub Debut: v Sale, October 2014, AJ Bell Stadium

    Previous Club: Leinster

    School:  Blackrock College

    International Honours:  Ireland Schools; Ireland U20; Ireland Wolfhounds; Emerging Ireland

    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.

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

    Made his Champions Cup debut for Munster in a 26-27 win over Sale Sharks in October 2014, scoring a try on the day also.

    Signed a one-year contract extension that will see him stay with Munster until at least June 2016.

    Ended the 2014/15 season with four tries in 18 appearances for Munster with an additional appearance for the Irish Wolfhounds against England Saxons at Irish Independent Park.

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

    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: v Saracens, October 2014, Thomond Park

    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. 

    Scored his first try for Munster in an away PRO12 win over Leinster at the AVIVA Stadium last October.

    Made his Champions Cup debut against Saracens last October 2014 at Thomond Park.

    Injured his shoulder against Leinster in Thomond Park on St. Stephen's Day and spent the next month rehabbing before it was confirmed the player required surgery and he underwent a stabilisation procedure in mid-February ruling him out for the remainder of the season.

    Robin Copeland
  • 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

    International Honours:  Emerging Ireland; Ireland

    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. 

    Named in the Ireland squad for the 2015 6 Nations and made his 6 Nations debut coming off the bench against Italy in Rome.

    Sustained a knee injury in during the game, requiring a procedure that week which ruled him out for the next month.

    Returned to the side towards the end of the season making two appearances, including one off the bench in the PRO12 final defeat to Glasgow.

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

    James Cronin
  • 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.

    Unfortunately injured his knee against Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup in January, ruling him out of the 6 Nations.  Then he 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 was rehabbing the injury for five months before making his return against Zebre in Parma in January 2015.  A week later he made his 100th appearance for the province coming off the bench against Saracens in round 5 of the Chamions Cup.

    In round 6 he started against Sale Sharks in Thomond Park scoring an incredible solo-try, and joined Joe Schmidt's 46-man Ireland squad for the 2015 6 Nations.

    Made a big impact on the side in the second half of the season scoring seven tries in 14 appearances (12 starts). 

    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.

    Won his first Irish senior cap against Georgia in November's Guinness Series, also playing a part in Ireland's victory over Australia a week later.

    Signed a two year contract extension in December 2014 that will see him stay with the province until at least June 2017.  

    Named in Joe Schmidt's 46-man extended Ireland squad for the 6 Nations but sustained a wrist injury in Munster's final ERCC pool game against Sale Sharks and required surgery.  He was ruled out for the remainder of the season and will return in time for the beginning of Season 2015/16.

    Dave Foley
  • 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, and an academy graduate, 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.  Won the IRUPA Unsung Hero award for the same season.

    As consistent as ever, 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.

    A very impressive 2014/15 campaign saw Holland niminated for the Player of the Year Award. This season also saw him reach the 100-cap mark against Connacht on New Year's Day. Added to the Ireland squad ahead of the clash with England in March but didn't make the matchday squad. Finished the season with 25 appearances. 

    Part of the Emerging Ireland squad that won the 2015 Tblisi Cup in Georgia, captaining the side for the final game against the tournament hosts.

    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.

    Tore his hamstring lining out for Munster A against Nottingham in the B&I Cup in November 2014 and is expected to be sidelined for up to 6 months.

    Signed a two-year contract extension, moving from development to full status for the second year (2016/17).

    Johnny Holland
  • 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.

    Made a positional change to first centre for the 2014/15 campaign and flourished making 23 appearances and captaining the side on a number of occasions. Rewarded with a one-year contract extension in January 2015 that will keep him at the province until June 2016.

    Nominated for the 2015 IRUPA Unsung Hero award.

    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 but didn't feature

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

    Featured for Ireland in all three victories of the 2014 Guinness Series, scoring his first two Irish tries against Georgia.

    Signed a two year contract extension with the province in December 2014.  Captained Ireland Wolfhound against England Saxons at Irish Independent Park before making his 6 Nations debut as a substitute against Italy in Rome in February 2015.

    Finished the season with 21 appearances and two tries for Munster. 

    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.

    Featured for Ireland against Georgia during the 2014 Guinness Series.

    Became only the third player in PRO12 history to surpass 1,000 points, doing so against Ulster at Thomond Park in November.

    Signed a two-year contract extension that will see him stay with the province until at least June 2017.  

    Named in the Ireland squad for the 2015 6 Nations and made his tournament debut starting in the first game against Italy in Rome with a 100% kicking record on the day kicking 1 conversion and 4 penalties.

    Made his 100th appearance for the province in May against Newport Gwent Dragons in Cork, coincidentally the same opposition and venue as his debut.

    Ian Keatley
  • 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.

    Featured for Ireland in November's Guinness Series victories over South Africa and Georgia, scoring his first try for Ireland in the game against Georgia.

    Signed a two year contract extension with the province in December 2014.

    Injured his knee against Clermont at the start of December and remained sidelined until February, missing out on selection for the 2015 6 Nations squad.

    Finished the season strongly starting in both the PRO12 semi-final and final.

    Dave Kilcoyne
  • Peter McCabe

    Peter McCabe

    DoB Birthplace Height () Weight () PositionProp

    League debut: 

    European debut: 

    Club: Dolphin

    School: 

    Honours: Munster A 

    The loosehead impressed on a number of occassions for Munster 'A' after making his B&I Cup debut in the 2015 quarter-final against Doncaster Knights.

    Signed a Development Contract for the 2015/16 season.

    Peter McCabe
  • 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.

    Featured for Ireland in the Guinness Series victories over South Africa and Australia in November 2014 

    Started every game for Ireland in the successful defence of their 6 Nations title in 2015 and was later nominated for the IRUPA Player's Player of the Year, losing out to his Munster colleague Paul O'Connell.

    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.

    Signed a contract extension to stay with the province until the end of the 2015/16 season as a development player.

    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 in the Munster Rugby Academy and was added to the Heineken Cup squad in the 2011/2012 season in his final year.

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

    He moved to a development contract at the start of the 2012/13 season and the Corkman did not have to wait long before making his first Heineken Cup start, excelling in a pool win over Saracens at Thomond Park that December.  He then signed a two-year full contract from season 2013/14.

    He represented the Ireland U20s in two Junior World Cup campaigns, in Japan in 2009 and in Argentina in 2010, and in June 2013 represented Emerging Ireland in the Tbilisi Cup. 

    During the 2013/14 he only featured on five occasions due to injury, and had to undergo surgery after injuring the patellar tendon in his right knee against Zebre in February 2014 and closed out his season rehabbing.

    Made a return to PRO12 action against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade in November '14, and went on to score his first try for Munster against Leinster on St. Stephen's Day in Thomond Park.

    Signed a one-year contract extension that will see him stay with the province until at least June 2016.

    Picked up a torn MCL in his left knee while playing for Munster 'A' against the Ulster Ravens in April and will return in time for the 2015/16 season.

    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.

    Munster's most capped player won a further 17 caps for the province in Season 14/15.

    Donncha O'Callaghan
  • 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.

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

    Featured in Ireland's victories over South Africa and Georgia during November's Guinness Series and made his first 6 Nations start against Italy in February, scoring his first try in the tournament. O'Donnell also featured against England and was part of the travelling squad that claimed the 6 Nations trophy at Murrayfield.

    Was selected on the 2014/15 Guinness PRO12 Dream Team and received a nomination for the 2015 Munster Player of the Year.

    Tommy O'Donnell
  • 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

    School: De La Salle College Waterford

    Club: UL Bohemians

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

    Twitter: @Jack_ODonoghue8

    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.

    Captained the Munster 'A' squad for the 2014/15 season.

    Scored his first Munster try against Cardiff Blues in February 2014, also scoring in his two subsequent appearances against Scarlets and Glasgow Warriors

    Named the 2015 Greencore Munster Academy Player of the Year

    Became part of the senior set-up in 2015/16, penning a three year deal that will see him advance to development status for season 2015/16 and full contract status from 2016/17

    Jack O'Donoghue
  • Tomas O'Leary

    Tomas O'Leary

    DoB1983-10-22 BirthplaceCork Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight87 kg (13 st 9 lb) PositionScrum Half

    League debut: v Scarlets, September 2005, Musgrave Park

    European debut: v Sale Sharks, October 2005, Edgeley Park

    Club: Dolphin

    Previous Club: London Irish

    School: CBC

    International Honours: Ireland Schools, Ireland U21, Ireland

    Son of hurling great Seanie, Tomas won a Minor All Ireland medal with his native Cork but then concentrated on Rugby.

    Played with the Irish Schools and alongside Denis Fogarty on the Ireland Under 21 2004 World Cup final side beaten by New Zealand in Scotland.

    He burst on the scene when preferred to Peter Stringer for the opening Heineken Cup game against Sale Sharks but had to wait until 2008 to become first choice number 9.

    He made his international debut on the tour to Argentina and in 2009 was the regular starter on the Grand Slam side.

    Selected for the trip to South Africa with the Lions later that year, he was forced to withdraw after sustaining an ankle injury in the Magners League game against the Scarlets at Musgrave Park in the April.

    Left Munster for London Irish at the end of the 2011/12 season after making 127 appearances and scoring 57 points for the province.

    Rejoins Munster on a two year contract at the start of the 2015/16 season.

    Tomas O'Leary
  • 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.

    Made a return to action in Munster's away PRO12 win over Leinster in the AVIVA Stadium last October.

    Featured for Ireland in the Guinness Series victories over South Africa and Australia in November 2014.

    Started every game for Ireland in the successful defence of their 6 Nations title in 2015.

    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

    European Debut:  v Saracens, Jan 2014, Allianz Park

    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.

    The winger made his European debut off the bench against Saracens in round 5 of the Champions Cup, and a week later made his first European start against Sales Sharks in Thomond Park.

    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.

    Continues to rehab having undergone surgery on his foot in September.  Advanced to on-field running in December and has yet to return to scrummaging where his injury rehabiliation will be fully tested. 

    Made a return to competitive action against Ospreys in March 2015 and went on to make 7 appearances before the end of the season including 5 starts.

    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; Emerging Ireland

    Twitter:  @john_ryan_88  

    From Berrings, Co. Cork the CBC educated prop can play tight or loose-head.  He represented Munster at Schools & U19/20 level, and 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.  Developed ulcerative colitis and battles with the condition in maintaining his weight.

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

    Made his first European start when lining out against Clermont at Stade Marcel Michelin in December '14. 

    Scored his first try for the province against Ospreys in March and finished out the 2014/15 season with 20 appearances.

    John Ryan
  • Francis Saili

    Francis Saili

    DoB1991-02-16 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb) PositionCentre

    The 24 year-old has made 33 Super Rugby appearances for the Blues, scoring five tries, and represented Auckland in the ITM Cup on 31 occasions.

    Saili made his debut for the All Blacks against Argentina in September 2013 at Hamilton, and was part of the New Zealand Under 20 team that won the Junior World Championship in Italy in 2011. Last November the Auckland native also featured for the Barbarians, scoring a try against Australia in Twickenham.

    Currently involved with the Blues, Saili will join the province later this this year on completion of his 2015 contractual commitments.

    Francis Saili
  • 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.

    Made a return to PRO12 action against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade in November.

    Featured heavily in the 2014/15 B&I Cup campaign for Munster 'A' and finished out the season with five PRO12 appearances. 

    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 2014.

    Sustained a further injury to his forearm when playing against Newport Gwent Dragons in the PRO12 in November.

    Returned to action for Munster 'A' against the Ulster Ravens in April and also featured for the province in the 2015 Guinness PRO12 Final.

    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; Wolfhounds; 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 he will remain out of action until the New Year.

    Has advanced to the final stages of his return-to-contact rehabilitation.

    Mike Sherry
  • 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.

    A blistering start to Season 14/15 saw him score three tries in the opening two games against Edinburgh and Benetton Treviso, and the backrow powerhouse went on to pick up 4 man of the match awards before sustaining a knee injury against Saracens at the Allianz Park in January.

    Continued where he left off on his return from injury, going on to win a total of seven man of the match awards in 2014/15.

    Was named the 2015 Munster Rugby Player of the Year in April.

    CJ Stander
  • Darren Sweetnam

    Darren Sweetnam

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

    Senior debut: v Cardiff Blues, February 2014, Irish Independent Park

    European debut:  

    Club: Cork Constitution

    School: Bandon Grammar

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

    Twitter: @D93sweets

    A graduate of the Munster Rugby Academy, Sweetnam joined the provincial set-up 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.

    Made his league debut against Cardiff Blues in Irish Independent Park, February 2014.

    Joined the senior ranks in Season 2015/16, signing a new two-year contract, moving to development status for 2015/16 and a full contract for 2016/17.

    Darren Sweetnam
  • 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

    Heineken Cup Debut: v Toulouse, April 2014, Thomond Park

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

    Twitter:  @Gerhardvdheever

    Gerhard joined Munster in November 2013 after completing his time with Western Province as they advanced to the Currie Cup Final in October.  He is contracted to Munster until June 2016.

    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.

    Made his first European start against Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park in December and unfortunately picked up a right knee injury.  Required surgery for cruciate ligament damage at the end of December and will return to action in Season 2015/16.

    Gerhard van den Heever
  • 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. 

    Made his first European start away to Saracens in round 5 of the Champions Cup in January 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; Wolfhounds; 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, starting in both tests.

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

    Started all three 2014 Guinness Series internationals for Ireland, playing his part and scoring two tries in victories over South Africa, Georgia and Australia in November.

    On making his 80th appearance for the province against Sales Sharks in January he scored a try and was awarded man of the match.

    Featured heavily for Ireland in the defence of their 6 Nations title in 2015, starting in four of the five games.

    Season 2014/15 also saw him become Munster's leading league try scorer on 23 tries, overtaking the previous landmark set by Doug Howlett.

    Simon Zebo