Munster A Squad

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  • 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.

    After missing a full season of rugby, Bohane returned to feature against Treviso and Glasgow Warriors in this season's PRO12 and started every game for Munster A in the British & Irish Cup.

    Cian Bohane
  • Rory Burke

    Rory Burke

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

    Munster Academy Year: Three (+1)

    Position: Prop

    School: CBC

    Club: Cork Constitution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Made three B&I Cup appearances in 2014/15 but two ankle operations saw him miss much of the season.

    Made his senior debut in pre-season action against Grenoble at Thomond Park in August 2015. 

    Finished out the 2015/16 season with three B&I Cup appearances and had his time in the Academy extended by one year after a series of injuries hampered his development.

    Rory Burke
  • Andrew Conway

    Andrew Conway

    DoB1991-07-11 BirthplaceDublin Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight89 kg (14 st 0 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.

    A strong 2015/16 season saw Conway make 22 appearances, score four tries and pick up his first man of the match accolade for the province against Edinburgh at Irish Independent Park in April.

    In March he was added to the Ireland training squad for the final round of the 2016 RBS 6 Nations.

    Signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain with the province until June 2018.

    Andrew Conway
  • Gavin Coombes

    Gavin Coombes

    DoB1997-12-11 BirthplaceSkibbereen,Cork Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight113 kg (17 st 11 lb) PositionBack Row / Lock

    Munster Academy Year: One

    Position: Back row

    School: Bandon Grammar

    Club: Young Munster

    Honours: Munster U18 Schools; Ireland U19

    Coombes first plied his trade with Skibbereen RFC before lining out as captain for Bandon Grammar in the Munster Schools Senior Cup when they reached the quarter final this year. Later representing Ireland at U19, the number 8's representative career started with Munster U18 Schools where he won the 2014/15 Interprovincial title alongside his now academy colleagues Bill Johnston, Calvin Nash and John Foley.  He also won the U19 Interprovincial title the following season.

    Coombes made his B&I Cup debut against London Welsh at Midleton RFC in October 2016.

    Gavin Coombes
  • Steve Crosbie

    Steve Crosbie

    DoB1993-02-10 Birthplace Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionFly Half

    Steve Crosbie
  • John Foley

    John Foley

    DoB1997-04-03 BirthplaceWaterford Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight101 kg (15 st 12 lb) PositionBack Row

    Munster Academy Year: One

    Position: Back row

    School: St Munchin’s

    Club: Shannon

    Honours: Munster U18 Schools, U20; Ireland U18 Schools
     
    Initially playing his underage rugby with UL Bohs, Foley played his Schools rugby with St Munchin’s.  The Clare native played for both province and country at U18 Schools level, claiming Interprovincial honours in 2014/15 and also helping Munster U20s to the Interprovincial title in 2015/16.

    The Shannon RFC player was included in the Ireland U20 squad for the 2016 6 Nations.

    Scored a try on his British and Irish Cup debut against London Welsh at Midleton RFC in October 2016.
    John Foley
  • Abrie Griesel

    Abrie Griesel

    DoB1992-01-15 BirthplaceBloemfontein Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Abrie Griesel
  • David Johnston

    David Johnston

    DoB1994-02-28 BirthplaceClonmel Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionFly Half

    League Debut:  v Treviso, Sept. 15, Irish Independent Park

    Position: Centre/Fullback

    Club: UL Bohemians

    School: Rockwell College

    International Honours: Ireland U18 Schools 2012; Ireland U19 2013.

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

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

    The Clonmel man represented Munster U19s in the 2012/13 Interprovincial series and then represented Ireland U19s in April 2013 against England and France, joining the Academy in the 2013/14 season.

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

    Made his Munster A debut in the B&I Cup quarter final against Leinster A at Donnybrook in April 2014.

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

    Scored his first B&I Cup try for Munster A against Moseley in December 2014.  Featured in the same match-day squad as his younger brother and sub academy player Bill in Munster's three opening pre-season games of 2015/16.

    Went on to make his PRO12 debut starting against Treviso in Irish Independent Park in Round 1 in September, made a total of nine league appearances in 2015/16 and was nominated for Academy Player of the Year.

    Advanced to the senior squad, signing a development contract for season 2016/17 and a full contract for 2017/18.

    David Johnston
  • John Madigan

    John Madigan

    DoB1994-09-01 BirthplaceCharleville,Co.Cork Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight124 kg (19 st 7 lb) PositionLock

    League Debut:  v Treviso, September 2015, Irish Independent Park.

    Club: Dolphin.

    School: Charleville CBS

    International Honours: Ireland U18 2011 and 2012. 

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

    From Charleville in Co. Cork the UCC student played for Munster U20s in the Interprovincial campaign in September 2013.

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

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

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

    In following the footsteps of his brother Brian and father John who both lined out for Munster, John Jnr made his PRO12 debut v Treviso in Irish Independent Park in September 2015. 

    A month later he sustained a knee injury while playing for his club side Dolphin RFC and underwent surgery ruling him out for the remainder of the 2015/16 season.  While rehabbing he used the time to undergo keyhole surgery on his shoulder also. 

    Signed a one-year development contract for the 2016/17 season.

    John Madigan
  • Peter McCabe

    Peter McCabe

    DoB1992-03-05 Birthplace Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight116 kg (18 st 3 lb) PositionProp

    League 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.

    Began a one-year Development contract in June 2015 and subsequently signed a contract extension for the 2016/17 season.  

    A pectoral tear saw the prop miss much of the 2015/16 competitive season but following his return, he impressed in both club action for Dolphin and for Munster A in the final two rounds of the British and Irish Cup.

    Peter McCabe
  • Steven McMahon

    Steven McMahon

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

    Munster Academy Year:  Two

    Position:  Fullback/Wing

    School:  Rockwell College

    Club: Garryowen

    Honours: Munster U18 Schools 2012; Munster U19 2013; Munster Development XV 2014; Munster 7s 2015; Ireland U19 2014

    From Dungarvan, McMahon won the Munster Schools Senior Cup title with Rockwell in 2012 and represented the school again in the 2013 final.

    In April 2014 he played for a Munster Development XV that were narrowly defeated by Russian outfit Enisei-STM at Musgrave Park, scoring two tries from fullback.

    A month later he represented the Plate-winning Ireland U19s at the FIRA/AER European 7s Championship in Lisbon playing alongside academy colleagues Jack Cullen, Ben Kilkenny, Greg O'Shea and Tomás Quinlan.

    On joining the academy at the start of the 2015/16 season he represented Munster in the Limerick World Club 7s at Thomond Park in August 2015 and went on to make an appearance against Grenoble in Munster's pre-season game.

    Currently studying Business at UL.

    Made his Munster A debut against London Scottish at CBC, Cork in January 2016.

    Steven McMahon
  • Calvin Nash

    Calvin Nash

    DoB1997-08-08 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb) PositionCentre / Wing

    Munster Academy Year: One

    Position: Centre

    School: Crescent College Comprehensive

    Club: Young Munster

    Honours: Munster U18 Schools, U20; Ireland U18 Schools, U19
     
    Starting out with Young Munster, while attending Crescent College Comprehensive, Nash was a member of the Munster U18 Schools side that had Interprovincial success in 2014/15.

    On the international front he represented Ireland U18 Schools and U19s before enjoying further interprovincial success as part of the 2015/16 Munster U20 side.
     
    Made his B&I Cup debut against London Welsh at Midleton RFC in October 2016.
    Calvin Nash
  • Vincent O'Brien

    Vincent O'Brien

    DoB1996-01-10 BirthplaceCork Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 lb) PositionHooker

    Munster Academy Year: One

    Position: Hooker

    School: CBC

    Club: Cork Constitution

    Honours: Munster U18 Schools, U19, U20; Ireland U19, U20
     
    A former Muskerry RFC player, he achieved Interprovincial success with Munster U20 in 2015/16.

    O'Brien made his competitive Ireland U20 debut at the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship, the first of his tournament
    appearances coming off the bench in the campaign opener against Wales.

    Made his B&I Cup debut against London Welsh at Midleton RFC in October 2016.
    Vincent O'Brien
  • Liam O'Connor

    Liam O'Connor

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

    European Debut:  v Stade Francais, January 2016, Thomond Park

    Munster Academy Year: Two

    Club: Cork Constitution

    Position: Prop

    Honours: Munster U18 Schools, U19, U20.  Ireland U19s and U20s 2015.

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

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

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

    Made his Munster and European debut off the bench against Stade Francais in the Champions Cup in January 2016.

    Liam O'Connor
  • Sean O'Connor

    Sean O'Connor

    DoB1996-08-22 BirthplaceCashel,Co.Tipperary Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionLock

    Munster Academy Year: One
    Position: Second row
    School: Rockwell College
    Club: Garryowen
    Honours: Munster U18 Schools, U19, U20; Ireland U18 Schools, U19, U20
     
    A Munster Schools Senior Cup winning captain with Rockwell, he represented both province and country from U18 right through to U20 and claimed interprovincial success with Munster in 2015/16.

    That same season saw him make his B&I Cup debut as a sub-academy player – against London Scottish in November 2015 – and in the following months the former Cashel RFC player made his Ireland U20 debut in the 6 Nations before featuring heavily in the World Rugby U20 Championship.
    Sean O'Connor
  • Darren O'Shea

    Darren O'Shea

    DoB1992-12-12 BirthplaceCork Height2.06 m (6' 9") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionLock

    League Debut: v Edinburgh Rugby, September 2016, Thomond Park.

    Club:  Dolphin

    School: Colaiste Mhuire, Crosshaven

    International Honours: Ireland U19.

    O'Shea moved to Worcester Warriors at the start of the 2014/15 season after completing one year in the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy.  There he helped the English side win promotion to the Aviva Premiership.
     
    The 23-year-old lock is a product of the provincial age-grades and featured for Munster A in the British and Irish Cup.
     
    He started a two-year contract at the beginning of the 2016/17 season.

    Darren O'Shea
  • John Poland

    John Poland

    DoB1996-11-21 BirthplaceBallinora,Cork Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight77 kg (12 st 1 lb) PositionScrum Half

    John Poland
  • Alex Wootton

    Alex Wootton

    DoB Birthplace Height () Weight () PositionWing

    League Debut: v Edinburgh, September 2016, Thomond Park.

    Club: Garryowen

    School: Sedbergh School, England

    International Honours: Ireland U20 2013, Ireland 7s 2015/16.

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

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

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

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

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

    Named Garryowen's 2015 Senior Player of the Year

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

    Captained the Munster side in the Limerick World Club 7s at Thomond Park in August 2015.

    Scored a wonderful solo try in an 'A' interprovincial against Ulster at Naas RFC in April and was a regular for Ireland Men's 7s in the bid for Olympic qualification in 2016.

    Graduated to the senior squad on a one-year development contract at the start of 2016/17, making his PRO12 debut against Edinburgh in Thomond Park in September.

    Alex Wootton
  • Fineen Wycherley

    Fineen Wycherley

    DoB1997-12-11 BirthplaceBantry,Cork Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionLock

    Munster Academy Year: One
    Position: Second row
    School: Cistercian College Roscrea
    Club: Young Munster
    Honours: Munster U19
     
    First taking to the field for Bantry Bay RFC, the West Cork native attended Cistercian College Roscrea where he won a Leinster Schools Senior Cup title in 2015 and reached the final again in 2016.

    In what proved to be a big season for the second rower, 2015/16 saw him claim the U19 Interprovincial title with Munster and line out for Munster A against Ulster A at Naas RFC in April.

    Made his B&I Cup debut against London Welsh at Midleton RFC in October 2016.
    Fineen Wycherley