Munster Rugby have confirmed that seven new players will join the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy for the 2014/15 season.
Out of the current Academy crop of 20 players, two will advance to senior development contracts next season – Academy Player of the Year Shane Buckley and Johnny Holland – while Darren O’Shea will pursue a playing opportunity abroad.
The seven new recruits include five Ireland Under-20s players, Max Abbott, Ryan Foley, Dan Goggin, Darragh Moloney and Brian Scott, who are all promoted from the sub-Academy. Ard Scoil Rís full-back Stephen Fitzgerald and UCD’s Jamie Glynn have also been added.
Fitzgerald recently lined out for the Ireland Under-19s against France and Glynn started for the Munster Development team against Russian visitors Enisei-STM.
Brian Haugh, Niall Kenneally, Harry McNulty and Darren Moroney have been released from the programme.
2014/15 GREENCORE MUNSTER RUGBY ACADEMY (Position/Club):
YEAR 3: Ryan Murphy (Back rower/Dolphin), Jack O’Donoghue (Back rower/UL Bohemians), Darren Sweetnam (Full-back/Dolphin)
YEAR 2: Jack Cullen (Scrum half/Bruff), Niall Horan (Prop/Shannon), David Johnston (Full-back/UL Bohemians), Gearoid Lyons (Out-half/Shannon), Greg O’Shea (Winger/Shannon), Sean McCarthy (Lock/Shannon), John Madigan (Lock/Dolphin), Rory Scannell (Centre/Dolphin), Alex Wootton (Winger/Garryowen)
YEAR 1: Max Abbott (Hooker/Cork Constitution), Stephen Fitzgerald (Full-back/Ard Scoil Rís), Ryan Foley (Scrum half/Cork Constitution), Jamie Glynn (Scrum half/UCD), Dan Goggin (Centre/Young Munster), Darragh Moloney (Lock/Cork Constitution), Brian Scott (Prop/Dolphin)
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