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    Munster Rugby Academy



    Good read this...


    http://www.munsterrugby.ie/19_8675.php



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    <TD =line>The Munster Rugby Academy</TD></TR>
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    <TD =date>27 November 2008, 12:14 pm</TD></TR>
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    <TD =author>By Fiona Murphy</TD></TR>
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    <TD =abstract>With the recent focus on our younger players impressing against the All Blacks, we take an in depth look at the Munster Rugby Academy structure.</TD></TR>
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    <TD =article>The Munster Rugby Academy was initiated in 2004 to prepare young Irish eligible players for life in and beyond professional rugby. The goals of the Academy are to provide a select group of young players with the skills, discipline, knowledge and attitude needed to succeed at Domestic (Magners League) and European (Heineken Cup) levels, and hopefully one day – at National level. The Academy provides the support and guidance to achieve the qualifications and experience necessary for life in and beyond professional rugby.


    Players are selected for the Academy as a result of previous Provincial or National playing experience, and at least two years of previous involvement in a progressive development training programme supervised by a qualified instructor. Sorry to say – it is not as easy as asking “How do I join?” There is a thorough identification process in place throughout the province which commences with players aged 14.


    The Munster Rugby Academy falls under the IRFU High Performance Unit, allowing for long term development across the provinces whilst ensuring that home grown talent is nurtured and invested in.


    The Academy is a three-year programme running from July to June each year. It is managed by a board of directors which include Director of Coaching, Tony McGahan, Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald, former Munster and Ireland Captain Philip Danagher, Academy Manager Ian Sherwin and the Chairman, former Munster and Ireland Captain and Lions Manager, Donal Lenihan.


    The Academy has grown in size and resources since its inception in 2004 and Academy Manager Ian Sherwin is now assisted by two skills coaches, Ray Egan and Ken O’ Connell, and two conditioning coaches, Fergal O’ Callaghan and Paudie Roche, each providing a wealth of experience in mentoring and guiding the Academy Players throughout the programme.


    Is it possible to actually see the benefits of the Academy? – Yes, in so far as, we can identify the current crop of players who have at one point participated in or graduated from the Academy programme. Munster Rugby contracted players such as Denis Hurley, Mark Melbourne, Keith Earls, Donnacha Ryan, Ciaran O’ Boyle and Darragh Hurley all took part in or completed the Academy programme.


    Other Academy participants have gone further afield in securing professional rugby contracts, including Sean Cronin (Connacht), Ian Hanley (Limoges) and Shane O’ Connor (Harlequins).


    Currently the Academy has fifteen participants including seven players who joined this summer, so changes are aplenty and this is necessary for the success and future of the Academy. As players move on, new talent is identified and recruited. The stark reality is if there are no new players coming in the future for producing “home grown” players is bleak.


    Academy members certainly undertake a full schedule which sees them balance their own club commitments, studies, personal life and Academy sessions on a weekly basis. It is this level of commitment that is required if players strive to advance into the professional game. Players train with their clubs twice a week with a match at the weekend and attend three Academy gym training sessions, three skills sessions and video analysis during the week. Senior team coaching staff assist in the design and delivery of the various skills sessions. Academy pl

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    I'd put my money on Tommy O'Donnell, bohs bias aside, he's a real talent.
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      Do any of them currently have a Munster A cap, seeing as that's their immediate goal?
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        Might be easier to say who won't (but I won't), I think deasy and Murray in the backs seem to playing well in their divisions, tommy looks to have the skils and Archer the attributes.

        very hard to say though as I don't see them play.

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          Murray is a fantastic scrumhalf, I've no doubt he'll play for Munster at some stage, could go as far as Ireland too imo.
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            Originally posted by Ruck

            Do any of them currently have a Munster A cap, seeing as that's their immediate goal?
            Scott Deasy does.




            And for the first one to get an Ireland cap, it'll be Peter O'Mahony before all these fella's.
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              Who's this Peter O'Mahony fella you keep talking about? Is he your boyfriend? Why isn't he in the Academy if he's so good? Too young yet?
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                Originally posted by Ruck
                Murray is a fantastic scrumhalf, I've no doubt he'll play for Munster at some stage, could go as far as Ireland too imo.

                He is playing outhalf for the Munster U20's at the moment...

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                  #9

                  Originally posted by Ruck

                  Do any of them currently have a Munster A cap, seeing as that's their immediate goal?
                  Most of them do, iirc.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Ruck


                    Do any of them currently have a Munster A cap, seeing as that's their immediate goal?


                    Dave Sherry played an "A"game against Leinster.
                    The early bird catches the worm but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Bitter As A Lemon


                      Originally posted by Ruck
                      Murray is a fantastic scrumhalf, I've no doubt he'll play for Munster at some stage, could go as far as Ireland too imo.

                      He is playing outhalf for the Munster U20's at the moment...


                      He was instrumental in the promotion of Young Munster to AIL1 last year. Has a good pass, great break, plenty of pace, i'm not surprised he can play at 10.
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                        Originally posted by Ruck
                        Who's this Peter O'Mahony fella you keep talking about? Is he your boyfriend? Why isn't he in the Academy if he's so good? Too young yet?
                        He is the captain of the Munster u20 team. No.8 or 6.
                        He is a bench player for con, behind Billy Holland. Only 19 yet.
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                          So why isn't he in the academy then if he's so good? Did he come through the academy? If not, I suppose it's possible he'll still play for Munster, players do develop at different rates.
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                            saw him play for con last week against ucc. didnt stand out but if he's only 19 then mybe he develop.why did he go straight to con and not ucc first like most of the rest of cork.is it something to do wit the fact munster want there acdamy players playing ail divison one?

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                              Originally posted by Ruck
                              So why isn't he in the academy then if he's so good? Did he come through the academy? If not, I suppose it's possible he'll still play for Munster, players do develop at different rates.
                              Like I said, he's only 19. Give the f**ker a chance. Lots of people don't get the acadamy straight after school.

                              And anyway, thats not the full acadamy list. He is involved with it, just not at the same level as Deasy and the rest.

                              I remember a post here a while back, where the acadamy went on tour. He was in the picture for it.

                              IIRC, somebody was mocking Dave Ryan for wearing a pair of flipflops with a tracksuit pants. It may have been you.
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