19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
Squad members and coaching staff will be based at CIT's Elite gym which includes a 625 square metres gym area along with video analysis rooms, squad meeting rooms, physio treatment rooms, dressing rooms, offices and recreation area.
Squad sessions will be held on a dedicated training pitch and Munster will also have the use of all of CIT's sporting facilities such as the athletics track.
Part of the co-operation agreement between CIT and Munster Rugby will also see academic development and research into training equipment, as well as strength and conditioning on the sports engineering side.
CIT will also co-operate with Munster staff and players, facilitating enrolment in CIT and further learning.
Dr Barry O'Connor, Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said that he was delighted that CIT and Munster Rugby have created this linkage.
"The growth and success of Munster over the past number of years has been one of Ireland's greatest achievements and so we are very pleased that the Cork-based squad members and staff will be utilising the world class facilities we have here at CIT," he said.
"All of our sporting facilities are located here on our campus which is fantastic for our staff and students.
"We are confident that this agreement will be beneficial to both sides in terms of making a contribution to the success of Munster and in helping CIT continue to attract the best students from around the country.
"Munster squad members will also be able to benefit from CIT's business and enterprise-focused programmes combined with accessible and flexible delivery mechanisms."
Munster head coach Tony McGahan said: "Munster Rugby are very pleased to be associated with CIT. The quality of the facilities at the campus consolidates both the professional and academy operations in Cork and will, I know, show benefit over time in the quality of player development.
"We are also enthused with the possibilities for co-operation in research projects and the academic opportunities made available."
CIT's Elite gym is fully kitted out for the purpose of team and athlete training in strength and conditioning and is available for CIT sports clubs and CIT Sports Bursary recipients.