It has been a fantastic season for the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy with the vast majority of the gamers now taking some well-deserved down time.
One exception is back-row ahead Alex Kendellen, who’s the captain of the Eire U20s for his or her Six Nations marketing campaign.
10 Greencore Munster Rugby Academy gamers featured for the senior Munster aspect this season.
Thomas Ahern, Jack Crowley, Jack Daly, Jake Flannery, Seán French, Ben Healy, Cian Hurley, John Hodnett, Alex Kendellen and Josh Wycherley have all represented the province.
Out-half Ben Healy was named Academy Participant of the Yr having featured in 17 of Munster’s 25 video games, scoring 87 factors.
In complete, there have been 47 senior appearances for Academy gamers this yr.
Thomas Ahern (21) and Cian Hurley (20) grew to become the province’s youngest beginning second-row partnership in opposition to Benetton in March 2021.
Thomas Ahern, Jack Crowley, Jack Daly, Jake Flannery, James French, Seán French, Ben Healy, John Hodnett and Josh Wycherley all transfer as much as senior contracts subsequent season.
We spoke to Elite Participant Growth Officer Greig Oliver for the newest Academy Replace.
Alex Kendellen captaining the Eire U20s…
“Alex is an impressive particular person and we’ve recognized about him for a very long time. He’s come by means of PBC and this management place with the U20s will assist him as properly, it’s all a part of the rising course of and we’re delighted he’s captaining the aspect.
“We’re delighted that Jack Kelleher, Daniel Okeke and Mark Donnelly had been chosen as properly and Cian Whooley was very unfortunate to get injured and miss out on the squad.
“It’s a giant store window and we’ll be that intently to see how the Munster boys carry out and it’s a fantastic alternative for them.
“We’ve bought a lot of boys on standby too and issues can flip round fairly shortly. They may should be able to go they usually’ll be working away to ensure they’re prepared if the chance comes.”
A constructive season for the Academy group…
“It’s been nice this yr with the mixing between the seniors and the Academy from a coaching viewpoint.
“It’s sensible that 9 gamers are graduating from the Academy to the senior squad and there have been debuts this yr for seven of the lads.
“We’re actually happy that 9 of the Academy gamers have pushed on to the seniors and it’s nice for them.
“Every particular person has accomplished very well and we hope they proceed to push on subsequent yr.”
Subsequent yr’s Academy consumption…
“It’s been a singular time with so lots of the underage gamers not getting the possibility to play any matches for properly over a yr.
“We will probably be taking our time with the gamers coming in and ensuring we see them in motion as a lot as potential.
“The summer season programme for the age-groups, we’ll use the chance there to take a look at them and from there hopefully membership rugby will probably be again.
“We’ll be conserving our eyes on these gamers as typically as potential. I’d think about there will probably be two or three entry factors the place gamers can are available so we’ll take our time with these gamers as a result of we should be truthful to them.”