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READY

TO Rise

Again

A thousand voices.

A thousand places.

One club.

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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME

looking forward to the day, which will hopefully

be sometime soon, when we will be there in

person once again.

Tonight, we welcome Dai Young and his Cardiff

Blues team to Thomond Park for this Round

4 game in the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup.

Cardiff come into this game sitting in 6th place

with 9 points while Munster are 2nd place with

10 points. When you look at the table only one

point separates 2nd from 7th. The competition

is certainly heating up and it is all still to play

for. Any of the top seven teams are in with a

chance to finish on top with only two games to

go and a place in the final on June 19 against

the winners from the South Africa conference.

Munster were in control after the first two

rounds and the need to play at their best

tonight and again in the last round which is

away to Zebre on June 11. You would imagine

that nothing but two wins will do if there is any

chance of reaching the final, so it is another

occasion where the Munster faithful would love

to be in Thomond Park shouting on the team in

this crucial game.

Our best wishes to James Cronin who departs

at the end of the season. James has 142 caps

and 20 tries for Munster along with three

international caps under his belt. A real warrior

and a player you would always prefer to have

on your side when going into battle. On behalf

of all of us, it was a pleasure to watch you play

and the very best of luck in the next chapter

wherever it takes you.

When now looking at websites and social media,

it is so refreshing to see players out training and

preparing for the season ahead. Sometime soon

hopefully games will recommence and after

that spectators and clubhouses will reopen -

another thing we all really look forward to. We

cannot be sure of anything with this virus, so

all we can do is keep doing the right things and

hopefully things will keep going on this positive

trend.

Once again, our thanks to our main sponsor

Bank of Ireland, our kit supplier adidas and all

our sponsors for their continued support.

Stay strong, stay positive and stay safe. To the

brave and faithful, nothing is impossible.

Seán McCullough

President Munster Branch IRFU

Our best wishes to Johann, the coaching

team and all the squad in tonight’s game and

President: Sean McCullough | Vice President: Ger McNamara | Junior Vice President: Michael Carroll

Hon. Secretary: Muiris Mahon| Hon. Treasurer: Tom Kinirons

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Ian Flanagan | Head Coach: Johann van Graan | Team Manager: Niall O’Donovan

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MUNSTER v CARDIFF BLUES

Benetton will attempt to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup when

they entertain Connacht in Treviso on Saturday.

New Zealander Kieran Cowley, who will depart

the club this summer to take charge of Italy, has

guided his side to three victories out of three

despite a winless first half of the campaign in

the original format of the competition.

Second-placed Munster are at home to Cardiff

Blues tonight and Cardiff head into this game

with momentum after two one-point triumphs

in their last two games but have not beaten

Munster since September 2018.

RAINBOW CUP ROUND 4 PREVIEW

Glasgow Warriors, who sit fourth, visit the

Welsh capital a day later to take on the Dragons.

Elsewhere, Ulster will aim to break their duck

and get off the mark with success against the

Scarlets on Saturday afternoon after a tough

start to the Rainbow Cup where the fixture list

has pitted them against Leinster and Munster.

Cory Hill scores

a try for Cardiff

Blues in Round 3

POS TEAM PL W D L PF PA DIFF TF TA TB LB PTS

1 Benetton Rugby 3 3 0 0 105 66 39 13 8 2 0 14

2 Munster Rugby 3 2 0 1 85 37 48 11 4 1 1 10

3 Ospreys 3 2 0 1 84 62 22 11 7 2 0 10

4 Glasgow Warriors 3 2 0 1 79 89 -10 11 12 2 0 10

5 Leinster Rugby 3 2 0 1 74 65 9 11 7 1 0 9

6 Cardiff Blues 3 2 0 1 60 80 -20 8 10 1 0 9

7 Connacht Rugby 3 2 0 1 71 94 -23 9 14 1 0 9

8 Dragons 3 1 0 2 94 91 3 12 12 2 1 7

9 Scarlets 3 1 0 2 82 87 -5 9 11 1 1 6

10 Edinburgh Rugby 3 1 0 2 67 78 -11 9 10 0 1 5

11 Zebre Rugby Club 3 0 0 3 65 83 -18 7 10 0 3 3

12 Ulster Rugby 3 0 0 3 51 85 -34 7 13 1 2 3

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Tadhg Beirne in action

against Connacht in

Round 3

Munster wins

HEAD TO HEAD

22 13 0

Cardiff Blues wins

MATCH FACTS

Draw

Munster Rugby were defeated last time out

20-24 at home to Connacht and have not lost

successive Guinness PRO14 matches since

January 2020. Munster have not lost backto-back

matches at Thomond Park since

2015.

Munster last lost to Welsh opposition on a

trip to Scarlets in March 2019.

• The most recent victory by a Welsh region

in Limerick was by the Scarlets in February

2017.

Cardiff Blues have won their last two matches

against Dragons and Scarlets and have not

won three PRO14 games in succession since

October.

• The Blues only success against an Irish

province since January 2019 was when

Connacht visited Rodney Parade in October

whilst the Blues most recent win at an Irish

province was on a trip to Galway defeating

Connacht 17-15 in September 2017.

Munster have won their last four fixtures

against the Blues since the Welshmen’s 37-13

victory at the Arms Park in September 2018.

The Blues most recent win at Thomond Park

was in September 2017.

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THE INSIDE

TRACK

GRAHAM ROWNTREE

On Billy, CJ and Tommy retiring…

“That’s what happens isn’t it, you evolve,

players leave, they pass on their knowledge

to the young guys coming through, which

that group of players you just mentioned are

exceptional at, and we move on. That’s how

clubs evolve. Three brilliant men and I can’t

speak high enough of them, and in particular

the way they share their knowledge with the

young guys coming through. I’m happy with the

guys coming through to replace them.”

On Josh Wycherley’s development…

“He has kicked on already, I think. He has had

some injury problems particularly at the start

and unfortunately in a competitive position

like that you get injured, you can go quickly

to the back of the queue and you wait for your

turn again. But he has been very patient in

that process. A very professional young man,

constantly working on his game. He will be

back. He has got a big future with this club.”

On opposition results…

“It’s irrelevant. Any of those results aren’t about

us. It’s now about us getting things right after

that Connacht game. It was disappointing but

they played well, they stuck in right until the

end there Connacht. But it is irrelevant, other

results. All we can do is get our process right,

get our game right, that’s all we can do.”

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TOMMY O’DONNELL

On his retirement…

“I feel as a player that getting game time and

being involved week on week is where you keep

yourself sharp and keep myself on top of the

game. I suppose with the possibility of reduced

game time, and also the fact that I knew how

my body was feeling in the winter months, in

the hard grind and the double sessions. I took

all the factors into account and I think that I

have given it socks and I wanted to call it on my

own terms as well. I didn’t want to go that extra

year too long and not to be performing to the

best of my ability. It would have done myself

an injustice but also have done the lads around

me an injustice. There are lads coming through

in the squad who are just as keen to learn, and

they are more physically able for the game of

rugby at this stage so, they will be just as able

to give it a good account next year than I would

have been at my stage in my career.”

On future endeavours…

“I suppose there’s some trepidation. It’s all I’ve

done for the last 12 years. You have to commit

to rugby. I know I have been working outside

of it and I have been adding strings to my bow

but if you want to be good at rugby, like if you

want that to be your craft, you have to commit

to it. I think Jamie Heaslip mentioned it in his

retirement - you have to be thinking about

retirement but focus enough on your career,

that you’re good enough and you develop

enough and that you're continuously getting

better and that you stay in rugby for as long as

possible. I have deliberately taken next year, like

the rugby has afforded me that time, I will have

an adjustment process, where I will be able to

get as much experience in the new industries

that I want to go into, in the new sectors. I’m still

quite undecided in exactly what road I’m going

to commit down to but I’m studying in MBA

and that’s very much helping me to get a broad

sense of the business aspects and how being

in an elite performance environment can be

helpful towards the business aspect.

I’m going to take the year, really

figure out what I’m going to do and I’m going

to get work experience in different industries

before I finally commit what I’m going to do for

the rest of my working life.”

On career highlights…

“It’s hard, there’s lots there. Each season has

its own different memories. There are different

Munster moments that stand out from each

season. Even though I wasn’t in the pitch, to be

in the stand even for the Clermont game. There

were the Saracens games, there’s the win in

Harlequins all the way back in 2012, to have been

involved on the podium the last time we won a

trophy in 2011/2012. There’s loads of different

moments throughout the seasons, and I suppose

from an individual point of view there’s getting

capped for Ireland, the successes with Ireland

that I has been involved in the Six Nations wins.

Being named Munster Player of the Year back in

2012. There’s highs and lows. There’s so many

of them that rather than one stand out moment,

there’s just a great collection of moments

across the career that really allow you to go into

retirement thinking you know yeah, I did a lot in

my 12 years as a pro, and that I gave it socks.”

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NEWSROUND

RAINBOW CUP FINAL DETAILS ANNOUNCED

Treviso’s Stadio di Monigo will play host to the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup ‘North v South’

Final on June 19 thanks to the support of the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR) and the Italian

government.

A kick-off time will be confirmed soon for the

game at the home ground of Benetton Rugby,

which has undergone a number of developments

in the past two years. A maximum of one

thousand fans should be admitted under current

Italian regulations, so that they can be part of

this historic occasion.

Since announcing a dual tournament approach

to the Rainbow Cup on April 21, 2021, PRO14

Rugby began exploring the feasibility of hosting

a Final in Europe between the top-ranked teams

from each competition.

The support and encouragement received by

the Italian Federation and from Italy’s Sport

Department allowed PRO14 Rugby to put

forward proposals to stage the game in Treviso

in a short space of time.

The venue was the clear choice in Italy as an

existing Guinness PRO14 stadium that has tried

and tested Covid-19 protocols and infrastructures

in place. The proximity of local airports, and the

European teams’ familiarity with the site, also

favoured this selection.

This decision means that the dual tournaments

operating in Europe and South Africa will tie

together to produce one winner. The Northern

representative shall be the team who finishes

first in the table among the 12 teams in the

Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup while the

Southern representative shall be the side who

ranks first in the Rainbow Cup SA competition.

Further details on the ‘North v South’ Guinness

Rainbow Cup Final will be provided in due

course and the game will be available live across

existing broadcasters in the tournament’s core

territories and international markets.

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MUNSTER RUGBY GAMING

TEAM ANNOUNCED

Munster Rugby Gaming are back in action in the coming weeks for the Summer Split of the UK

Esports League (UKEL)’s League of Legends Championship.

The UKEL is the UK and Ireland’s first proving

ground for teams playing League of Legends,

the most watched esport in the world. Following

an exciting first year in esports in 2020, Munster

Rugby Gaming was delighted to gain a spot in

the UKEL for 2021 with some of Ireland’s leading

League of Legends players.

You can see just what League of Legends is all

about with this short video.

After a nail-biting Spring Split which saw the

team dig out some hard-fought wins late on to

hold their position, Munster Rugby Gaming is

delighted to announce its Summer Split team

and backroom staff.

Two of Ireland’s leading players, Kevin

‘Kevaman’ Lalor and Connor ‘Goose’ O’Brien

remain onboard, having brought fantastic skills

and spirit to the team in the Spring Split.

They will be joined by Tim ‘Beartree’ Guthrie,

Mateus ‘JOJO’ Almeida and Oscar ‘Longstafff’

Brandon, bringing substantial experience to

the team this Split. Coach is Daniel ‘Hush’

Michels and Analyst is local Limerick man Alex

‘Daemon’ Prior.

Commenting on the team announcement, Enda

Lynch, Head of Enterprise for Munster Rugby,

said: “We’re thrilled to be back in action for the

summer ahead. The team brings a great mix

of experience and a loyal fanbase, especially

for our two Irish players Goose and Kevaman.

Pre-season has been going very well and we’re

looking forward to getting started.”

The split begins on 3 June, continuing to 17 July

with play-offs in late July. You can catch up on

every game on Thursdays and Saturdays HERE.

Beartree

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THE LOWDOWN

THE FORM GUIDE

Cardiff Blues started the Rainbow Cup with an

away loss to Ospreys on 24 April, going down

36-14 at Liberty Stadium. In the following round,

the Blues came away with a one point win over

Dragons, a late try from Teddy Williams proving

the difference. At Parc y Scarlets on 15 May,

once again just one point separated the sides

at the final whistle. Cardiff claimed a 29-28

victory despite a flurry of second half tries from

Scarlets.

In the regular Guinness PRO14 season, Cardiff

Blues played in Conference B, finished in fourth

place behind Munster, Connacht and Scarlets.

Cardiff Blues went through to the ‘Round of 16’

in the Challenge Cup but were defeated 41-35

by London Irish in a nine-try game.

Jarrod Evans is the club’s top points scorer this

season with 141 points. Rey Lee-Lo is their top

try scorer with 5 tries this season.

Winger Josh Adams has been selected as part

of the 2021 British & Irish Lions squad to play in

South Africa this summer.

THE COACHING TICKET

Dai Young returned to Cardiff Blues earlier this

year to take up the Director of Rugby position,

ten years after he last coached at the club. The

former dual code international spent nine years

with Wasps and has coached the Barbarians a

number of times. Young won the EDF Energy

Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup in his previous

stint in Cardiff. His team of experienced

assistant coaches includes former international

scrum-half Richie Rees, former Wales Sevens

assistant coach Richard Hodges, former Wales

hooker T Rhys Thomas and former Cardiff Blues

hooker Duane Goodfield.

ONE TO WATCH

Age: 24

Position: Out-half

Appearances: 15

Points: 141

Tries: 2

Metres: 356

Carries: 100

Try assists: 8

It was announced in recent months that Rhys

Priestland will join the club next season from

Bath and Matthew Screech will return to the

club from Dragons.

Dai Young

*2020/21 PRO14 & RC

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STEPHEN ARCHER

Prop

29.01.88

H: 1.88m

W: 120.91kg

Hons: Ire (2 caps)

Hooker

06.08.99

H:1.83m

W: 98kg

Hons: Ire U20

DIARMUID BARRON

TADHG BEIRNE

Lock / Back Row

08.01.92

H: 1.98 m

W: 113.18 kg

Hons: Ire (22 caps)

Flanker

15.02.91

H: 1.76 m

W: 98 kg

Hons: ~

CHRIS CLOETE

Back Row

11.12.1997

H: 1.98m

W: 110kg

Hons: Ire U20

GAVIN COOMBES

JAMES CRONIN

Prop

23.11.90

H: 1.80 m

W: 113 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

Lock / Back Row

03.08.85

H: 1.91 m

W: 111 kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

BILLY HOLLAND

DAVE KILCOYNE

Prop

14.12.88

H: 1.83 m

W: 112 kg

Hons: Ire (43 caps)

JEAN KLEYN

Lock

26.08.93

H: 2.03 m

W: 125 kg

Hons: Ire (5 caps)

Prop

06.04.99

H: 1.85m

W: 115kg

Hons: ~

KEYNAN KNOX

Prop

22.07.95

H: 1.85 m

W: 120 kg

Hons: Ire U20

JEREMY LOUGHMAN

Hooker

12.10.92

H: 1.84 m

W: 108 kg

Hons: NZ U20

RHYS MARSHALL

Hooker

16.04.91

H: 1.80 m

W: 107 kg

Hons: Ire U19

KEVIN O’BYRNE

Prop

13.07.95

H: 1.78 m

W: 110 kg

Hons: Ire U20

LIAM O’CONNOR

TOMMY O’DONNELL

Back Row

21.05.87

H: 1.85 m

W: 107 kg

Hons: Ire (12 caps)

JACK O’DONOGHUE

Back Row

08.02.94

H: 1.91 m

W: 107 kg

Hons: Ire (2 caps)

PETER O’MAHONY

Back Row

17.09.89

H: 1.91 m

W: 106 kg

Hons: Ire (75 caps)

Back Row

01.10.98

H: 1.88m

W: 100kg

Hons: Ire U20

JACK O’SULLIVAN

JOHN RYAN

Prop

02.08.88

H: 1.83 m

W: 117 kg

Hons: Ire (23 caps)

Prop

28.10.97

H:1.83m

W: 123.18kg

Hons: USA U20

ROMAN SALANOA

NIALL SCANNELL

Hooker

08.04.92

H: 1.85 m

W: 109 kg

Hons: Ire (20 caps)

RG SNYMAN

Lock

29.01.95

H: 2.06 m

W: 116 kg

Hons: SA (23 caps)

CJ STANDER

Back Row

05.04.90

H: 1.85 m

W: 114 kg

Hons: Ire (51 caps)

Lock

11.12.97

H:1.93 m

W: 111.82 kg

Hons: Ire U20

FINEEN WYCHERLEY

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JOEY CARBERY

Fly Half

01.11.95

H: 1.83 m

W: 85kg

Hons: Ire (22 caps)

Scrum Half

19.04.99

H: 1.65 m

W: 75kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

CRAIG CASEY

ANDREW CONWAY

Full Back / Wing

11.07.91

H: 1.80 m

W: 89 kg

Hons: Ire (24 caps)

LIAM COOMBES

Full Back / Wing

01.05.97

H: 1.91m

W: 89 kg

Hons: Ire U20

Scrum Half

08.12.92

H: 1.73 m

W: 83 kg

Hons: Ire Clubs

NEIL CRONIN

Wing / Centre

19.12.96

H: 1.91 m

W: 91 kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

SHANE DALY

DAMIAN DE ALLENDE

Centre

25/11/1991

H: 1.91 m

W: 105 kg

Hons: SA (47 caps)

KEITH EARLS

Universal Back

02.10.87

H: 1.78 m

W: 90 kg

Hons: Ire (93 caps)

CHRIS FARRELL

Centre

16.03.93

H: 1.93 m

W: 110 kg

Hons: Ire (14 caps)

Full Back

26.10.96

H:1.85m

W: 95 kg

Hons: Eng U20

MATT GALLAGHER

Centre

10.12.94

H: 1.85 m

W: 100 kg

Hons: Ire U20

DAN GOGGIN

Full Back

28.06.94

H: 1.91 m

W: 93 kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

MIKE HALEY

RORY SCANNELL

CALVIN NASH

CONOR MURRAY

ALEX MCHENRY

NICK MCCARTHY

JJ HANRAHAN

Fly Half / Centre

27.07.92

H: 1.83 m

W: 93 kg

Hons: Emerging Ireland

Scrum Half

25.03.95

H: 1.8m

W: 84 kg

Hons: Ire U20

Centre

07.10.97

H: 1.88m

W: 95kg

Hons: Ire U20

Scrum Half

20.04.89

H: 1.88 m

W: 94 kg

Hons: Ire (89 caps)

Wing

08.08.97

H: 1.78 m

W: 90 kg

Hons: Ire U20

Centre

22.12.93

H: 1.80 m

W: 98 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

Wing

05.05.93

H: 1.85 m

W: 95 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

DARREN SWEETNAM

BACKS

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MUNSTER RUGBY

STARTING XV

James Cronin Niall Scannell Stephen Archer

Jean Kleyn

Fineen

Wycherley

Jack O'Donoghue

Tommy

O'Donnell

CJ Stander (C)

Craig Casey

Joey Carbery

Shane Daly

Rory Scannell

Damian De

Allende

Andrew Conway

Mike Haley

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Replacements

16. Diarmuid Barron 17. Jeremy Loughman 18. Keynan Knox 19. Gavin Coombes

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CARDIFF BLUES

STARTING XV

Corey

Domachowski

Kristian Dacey

Dillon Lewis

Seb Davies

Cory Hill

Josh Turnbull (C)

James Botham

James Ratti

Tomos Williams

Jarrod Evans

Josh Adams

Ben Thomas

Willis Halaholo

Jason Harries

Hallam Amos

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andy Brace (IRFU)

AR1: Rob O’Sullivan (IRFU)

AR2: Nigel Correll (IRFU)

TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)

Replacements

16. Liam Belcher 17. Rhys Carré 18. Dmitri Arhip 19. Rory Thornton

20. Olly Robinson 21. Lloyd Williams 22. Harri Millard 23. Matthew Morgan

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NEW HEAD COACHES ANNOUNCED

Former UL Bohs, Munster and Ireland team mates Fiona Hayes and Niamh Briggs will find

themselves on opposite sides this season after their appointments last week as Head Coaches of

Ballincollig RFC and UL Bohemian RFC respectively.

Fiona joins Ballincollig after a successful tenure

at UL Bohemans both as a player and a coach,

playing at the top level for over a decade before

becoming Head Coach of UL Bohemians and

the Munster U18s. She joins a club with big

ambitions as they look to make their debut in the

Energia All Ireland League and establish an Elite

Centre of Excellence in Cork.

Speaking on her appointment, Fiona said:

“I am excited about the new journey I am about

to embark on with both the players and the club.

We have a chance to build a legacy for women’s

rugby in Cork and create that high-performance

environment where female players can enjoy the

game while competing at the highest level. I will

use my experience and knowledge of the game I

love to help players in their development both on

and off the pitch.”

Cathal Sheridan, UL Bohemian RFC Director of

Rugby, said:

“We’re thrilled that Niamh has accepted our offer

to become Head Coach. Niamh is a household

name in Irish sport, she has one of the best rugby

brains around, and we are very fortunate to have

her overseeing the next generation of players

through the club. Obviously, her experience on

and off the pitch at the pinnacle of Irish Rugby

over the last decade speaks for itself, but the

most exciting part for us is her vision on where

she wants to bring us to in the next few years.

Earlier this week, Kerry Rugby women's team

announced that former international Marie

Louise Reilly will join their coaching team. Maz

won 54 Irish caps and was a team mate of Briggs

and Hayes.

Fiona Hayes

UL Bohemian RFC

announced last week

that Niamh Briggs will

take the helm at UL

Bohemians, the club

she joined in 2009.

The former Grand

Slam winner and

Irish captain brings a

wealth of experience

on the field as a player,

and in more recent

years as part of the

coaching team at UL

Bohemian RFC and

with the Munster U18

squad.

NIamh Briggs

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We wish our departing

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VIRTUAL MUNSTER MASCOTS

CON ÓG O’BRIEN

Age: 8

School: Gaelscoil (Mhainistir na Corann),

Midleton, Co. Cork

Hobbies: Rugby, playing with his brothers

Peter, James and Joseph, and sisters Sarah

and Hannah, Pokemon, feeding the calves and

Lego

Favourite player: Keith Earls

LEIGH MOYNIHAN

Age: 8

School: Salesians Primary School, Limerick

Hobbies: Art, music, sport, playing the

guitar, singing

Favourite player: Keith Earls

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NINE ACADEMY PLAYERS

MOVE TO SENIOR CONTRACTS

THOMAS AHERN

Age: 21 (22/02/2000)

From: Waterford

Position: Lock

Clubs: Youghal RFC, Dungarvan RFC,

Waterpark RFC, Shannon RFC

Senior debut: v Dragons, Nov 2020

Did you know? Ahern was a back three

player until converting to a lock in his

late-teens at the start of 2017.

The Munster senior squad will be

boosted by the addition of nine

Greencore Munster Rugby Academy

players next season. Thomas Ahern,

Jack Crowley, Jack Daly, Jake

Flannery, James French, Seán French,

Ben Healy, John Hodnett and Josh

Wycherley have all earned their first

senior contracts.

Academy products are set to make

up two-thirds of the 2021/22 Munster

squad, the highest representation

of academy graduates in over eight

years.

JAKE FL

Age: 21 (07

From: Tippe

Position: Ou

School: Roc

Club: Kilfeac

RFC

Senior debut

Did you know

brother Alan li

Munster A earl

also represente

Football at mino

JACK DALY

Age: 23 (12/08/1998)

From: Kerry

Position: Flanker

Clubs: Castleisland RFC, Garryowen FC

Senior debut: v Zebre, Nov 2020

Did you know? Daly started out at

Castleisland RFC, a club which has

produced the likes of JJ Hanrahan, Ciara

Griffin and Siobhán Fleming.

JACK CROWLEY

Age: 21 (13/01/2000)

From: Innishannon, Co. Cork

Position: Out-half

School: Bandon Grammar

Clubs: Bandon RFC, Cork Constitution

FC

Senior debut: v Ulster, Jan 2021

Did you know? Crowley played much of

his underage rugby at scrum-half before

moving to No. 10.

JAMES FREN

Age: 22 (22/11/19

From: Bandon, C

Position: Prop

School: Bandon

Clubs: Bandon R

Did you know?

All-Ireland scho

champion.

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ANNERY

JOHN HODNETT

JOSH WYCHERLEY

/06/1999)

rary

t-half/Full back

kwell College

le & District RFC, Shannon

: v Zebre, Feb 2020

? Jake and younger

ned out together for

ier this season. Jake has

d Tipperary in Gaelic

r level.

Age: 22 (10/01/1999)

From: Rosscarbery, Co. Cork

Position: Back row

Clubs: Clonakilty RFC, UCC RFC

Senior debut: v Southern Kings,

Feb 2020

Did you know? Hodnett has

represented Cork in Gaelic

Football at underage level.

Age: 21 (22/07/1999)

From: Bantry, Co. Cork

Position: Prop

School: Cistercian College, Roscrea

Clubs: Bantry Bay RFC,

Young Munster RFC

Senior debut: v Cardiff Blues, Oct 2020

Did you know? Josh’s father Florence

was one of the founders of Bantry

Bay RFC’s underage section that has

produced two Munster players –

Josh and brother Fineen.

CH

98)

o. Cork

Grammar

FC, UCC RFC

James was an

olboy shot put

SEÁN FRENCH

Age: 21 (14/08/1999)

From: Cork

Position: Universal back

School: Presentation Brothers College,

Cork

Club: Cork Constitution FC

Senior debut: v Zebre, Nov 2020

Did you know? French scored all 11 of

PBC’s points (a try and two penalties) in

their 2017 Munster Schools Senior Cup

final victory over Glenstal Abbey.

BEN HEALY

Age: 21 (29/06/1999)

From: Tipperary

Position: Out-half

School: Glenstal Abbey

Club: Nenagh Ormond RFC,

Garryowen FC

Senior debut: v Edinburgh, Nov 2019

Did you know? Ben captained Glenstal

Abbey to their first-ever Munster

Schools Senior Cup title in 2018.

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RUGBY DEVELOPMENT NEWS

SUMMER CAMPS BOOKINGS

UNDERWAY

Bookings are being taken for the Bank of Ireland

Munster Rugby Summer Camps, which will

take place across 22 venues in the province,

from 5 July to 27 August. The camps are open

for children aged 6-16 years and the cost is €80

per child. Click HERE to book your child’s place.

GIRLS RUGBY THRIVING AT

OLD CRESCENT

Munster Rugby are also inviting applications

for the positions of Summer Camp Officers.

See full details of dates and venues for the

Summer Camps HERE.

These are part-time fixed term contracts from

Monday 5 July 2021 to Friday 27 August 2021.

The purpose of the role is to ensure camp

attendees’ experience is as fun and rewarding

as possible, whilst fully adhering to the IRFU

Child Safeguarding policy. All successful

applicants will be given all relevant on and off

pitch training. The closing date for applications

is strictly 12 noon Friday 11 June. Click HERE

to apply.

Old Crescent RFC in Limerick has experienced

plenty of growth in their girls’ rugby programme

over the last 18 months. Despite the challenges

which arose due to the restrictions associated

with Covid-19, the club were able to run four

weeks of the IRFU’s Give It A Try initiative in

August 2020. This facilitated more girls to

pick up a rugby ball for the first time and the

momentum generated has eventually led to a

situation whereby the club are welcoming in

excess of 50 girls to Rosbrien every Sunday.

Former Ireland international, Marie Carroll, who

is currently coaching at the club and assisted in

starting the girls rugby programme explained

how the club benefited from being able to have

rugby activity take place last summer: “We ran

four weeks of it (Give It A Try) last August and

we had great fun. Out of that then, we picked

up another 10 players. The momentum has just

seemed to go on…we have 53 players on the

books. Four new girls arrived there last Sunday,

it’s just word of mouth more than anything.”

Looking ahead, Carroll hopes that a strong focus

on skills, participation and fun will eventually

lead to a senior team in the future: “It’s all about

participation as far as we’re concerned and

being a part of a team, socialising and having

friends. We don’t have a senior team but the

way I look at it, if we develop them at that age,

get all the basic skills and progress from that.”

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Over the last 18 months, Kanturk RFC have

improved their facilities with the recent

completion of a fully floodlit all-weather playing

surface which was completed with the benefit

of grant funding through the 2017 Sports Capital

Grant Scheme.

KANTURK COMPLETE UPGRADES

As Director of Rugby Mike Murphy explains,

the completion of the new playing surface to

supplement their two existing pitches is most

welcome due to the club’s growing underage

section.

“The project was an extension of the playing

area which was really driven by demand. We

have two pitches at the minute, two playing

pitches, so we were fairly restricted in space,

particularly for the growing underage section.

So we looked to extend the playing and training

facilities. The area of it, it’s about three quarters

the size of a normal pitch.”

Another project which the club undertook

included resurfacing of the access roadway,

car park and pitch side walkway and this was

completed with support through LEADER

grant funding through IRD Duhallow. Finally,

last summer when restrictions were lifted, the

club’s members and volunteers came together

to give the clubhouse a facelift which included

painting and other renovations.

#MUNSTERSTARTSHERE WITH CRESCENT COLLEGE

COMPREHENSIVE

The #MunsterStartsHere video series has

returned and once again highlights the

fantastic work that goes on behind the

scenes to develop the game across the

province. The videos showcase the key roles

played by clubs and schools when ensuring

the development of age-grade structures and

community programmes. Crescent College

Comprehensive feature in this video with a

spotlight on the school’s rugby programme

and how the players and coaches navigated

the challenges arising from the pandemic.

The school’s rugby programme has been

reformed recently with a greater emphasis

on an alignment of philosophies from a

playing and coaching perspective through

all age groups. Senior coach Ian Sherwin

and Munster Rugby CCRO Matt Brown both

explain the pride they have in the playing

group for how they remained committed

and motivated throughout the uncertainties

which arose over the last 12 months. Click

HERE to view the video.

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FIXTURES & RESULTS 2020/21

Date Fixture Venue

Sat 3 Oct Scarlets 27-30 Munster Parc y Scarlets

Sat 10 Oct Munster 25-23 Edinburgh Rugby Thomond Park

Mon 26 Oct Munster 38 - 27 Cardiff Blues Thomond Park

Sun 1 Nov Dragons 16 - 28 Munster Rodney Parade

Sun 15 Nov Munster 38-22 Ospreys Thomond Park

Mon 23 Nov Glasgow Warriors 13-27 Munster Scotstoun Stadium

Mon 30 Nov Munster 52-3 Zebre Rugby Club Thomond Park

Sun 13 Dec Munster 21-7 Harlequins Thomond Park

Sat 19 Dec Clermont Auvergne 31-39 Munster Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin

Sat 02 Jan Ulster 15-10 Munster Kingspan Stadium

Sat 09 Jan Connacht 10-16 Munster The Sportsground

Sat 23 Jan Munster 10-13 Leinster Thomond Park

Sat 30 Jan Benetton Rugby 16-18 Munster Stadio Comunale Monigo

Sat 20 Feb Edinburgh 10-22 Munster Murrayfield Stadium

Fri 26 Feb Cardiff Blues 11-20 Munster Cardiff Arms Park

Fri 5 Mar Munster 20-17 Connacht Thomond Park

Fri 12 Mar Munster 28-10 Scarlets Thomond Park

Fri 19 Mar Munster 31-17 Benetton Rugby Thomond Park

Sat 27 Mar Leinster 16-6 Munster The RDS

Sat 3 Apr Munster 33-40 Stade Toulousain Thomond Park

Sat 24 Apr Leinster 3-27 Munster The RDS

Fri 7 May Munster 38-10 Ulster Thomond Park

Fri 14 Mar Munster 20-24 Connacht Thomond Park

Fri 28 May | 7.35pm Munster v Cardiff Blues Thomond Park

Fri 11 Jun | 6pm (Irish Time) Zebre v Munster Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi

Munster team huddle at

training in UL during the

week.

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