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Darren Sweetnam, who played for the Cork senior hurlers in this year's Allianz League and Munster and All-Ireland Championships, was the starting full-back for the Munster Under-20s this season.

The 19-year-old scored a try in Munster's 21-14 victory over defending champions Connacht last month in the IRFU U-20 Interpros, and also wore the number 15 jersey for their games against Leinster and Ulster.

The Bandon Grammar School star had already represented Munster at Under-18 and Under-19 levels, and was capped as a Irish hockey international at the Under-16 grade.

Sweetnam is understood to have informed his GAA club, Doheny's, and Cork hurling officials about his decision over the weekend.

Cork senior hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy said: "Darren is a very talented hurler and while we are sorry to lose him, we wish him every success in his chosen career."

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