Ireland U20 star Jake Flannery is among four new recruits to the Munster Academy ahead of the new season.
Flannery has starred for the Ireland U20s during their Grand Slam-winning Six Nations campaign and also during the recent U20 World Championship in Argentina.
Flannery, who can play at both out-half and fullback, was expected to join the Academy this year after featuring for Shannon in Division 1A of the AIL last season and for Munster A in the Celtic Cup.
The 20-year-old Tipperary man is tipped for a bright future.
Another standout performer for the Ireland U20s this year was John Hodnett and he is also included in this year’s Academy intake.
The back-row forward made five appearances for Munster A in the Celtic Cup last season and also played in the AIL with UCC.
Second-row Paddy Kelly is the third player to be added to the Munster Academy. The 19-year-old is a product of St Munchin’s College in Limerick and he played his club rugby with Young Munster last season.
The Limerick native made his debut for Munster A last season and also featured on the trip to the USA for the Cara Cup.
Kelly has represented Ireland clubs and schools at U18 level and the Ireland U19s. He was named in the extended squad for this year’s U20 Six Nations.
Waterford man Eoin O’Connor is the fourth player to be included in Year One of the Munster Academy.
The second-row is a product of Waterpark RFC, the same club which developed Jack O’Donoghue and fellow Academy player Thomas Ahern.
He has represented Munster and Ireland at both U18 and U19 level while he also scored a try on his first appearance for Munster A last season.
Four Academy players have already joined the senior ranks this summer with Gavin Coombes (back-row forward/Young Munster), Shane Daly (centre/Cork Constitution), Sean O’Connor (lock/Garryowen) and Craig Casey (scrum-half/Shannon) all promoted.
2019/20 Greencore Munster Rugby Academy
Year 3: Liam Coombes (back three/Garryowen), Keynan Knox (prop/Young Munster), Alex McHenry (centre/Cork Constitution), Jack O’Sullivan (back-row forward/UCC), Jack Stafford (scrum-half/Shannon), Alan Tynan (full-back/Young Munster).
Year 2: Thomas Ahern (lock/Shannon), Diarmuid Barron (hooker/Garryowen), Jack Daly (back-row forward/Garryowen), Ben Healy (out-half/Garryowen), James French (prop/UCC), Seán French (centre/Cork Constitution), Eoghan Clarke (hooker/Shannon), Jonathan Wren (back three/Cork Constitution), Josh Wycherley (prop/Young Munster).
Year 1: Jake Flannery (out-half/full-back/Shannon), John Hodnett (back-row forward/UCC), Paddy Kelly (lock/Young Munster), Eoin O’Connor (lock/Waterpark RFC).