Senior Debut: v Leinster, April 2013, Thomond Park
Club: Dolphin RFC
Previous Clubs: Highfield RFC, Ballincollig RFC
School: BCS Ballincollig
Honours: Munster Youths; Munster A
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.
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.