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About the Academy

Munster Academy

Greencore Munster Academy

The goal of the Greencore Munster Academy is to develop professional players for Munster and Ireland to compete and win at the highest level of the game.

Academy Programme

The programme develops players over a number of different areas:

  • Rugby Technical – Core Skills, Position Specific Skills
  • Rugby Tactical – Implementation of skills in the game
  •  Rugby Strategic – Game understanding and analysis
  • Fitness – Endurance, Speed, Strength, Power, Mobility
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Psychological
  • Nutrition

Pre-Season

Players will train as full-time athletes in the pre-season as they will have no academic pressures. Usually 2-3 weeks of camps will be held where players will come together to do an intensive Rugby Conditioning Programmes together.

They will then train in their base of Limerick or Cork for the rest of the pre-season. This is where players make their big gains in Strength, Power, Speed, and Endurance. The Munster Academy also run a lot of the off-field modules during this time including Nutrition, Psychology, and Lifestyle Management.

In-Season

As players come into the in-season their work-load is reduced allowing them time to focus on college work and on their week-to-week playing commitments. Players will still complete two to three gym sessions, two rugby sessions, one speed and one flexibility session. The Munster Academy will maintain the off field modules but with less frequency during the season.

Off-Season

Players get some well deserved down time during the off-season, usually at the end of May or start of June.

Review and Monitoring

The players’ games are videoed and reviewed and monitored by Academy staff weekly. The individual player and coach will sit down to review games to analyse and work on areas to improve.

Entry Into The Academy

Players are monitored throughout the province from entry into their 1st Development squad at U16 age grade right through to Munster U20s. As players progress, the Munster Academy identify potential professional players and once they leave school they can be selected for the Sub Academy programme. The Sub Academy programme is a screening period where players get to train in a professional environment with a view to how they cope.

The Munster Academy continue to monitor players who have not made development squads as players continue to develop throughout the Munster Club and Schools programmes. Munster supports players with extra training through their clubs and schools to help their continuous development.

Academy Staff

  • Peter Malone – Elite Player Development Manager
  • Colm McMahon – Elite Player Development Officer
  • Greig Oliver – Elite Player Development Officer
  • Mark Butler – National Talent Coach
  • Damien O’Donoghue – Lead Academy S&C
  • Owen Tarrant – Academy S&C
  • Feargal O’Callaghan – Lead Sub Academy S&C
  • Ross Callaghan – Sub Academy S&C
  • Danielle Cunningham – Sub Academy S&C
  • Brian Fitzgerald – Video Analyst
  • Marc Beggs – Lead Academy Physio
  • Shane Malone – Academy Physio
  • Richard Kelly – Academy Nutritionist

Academy Graduates

Some previous graduates of the Munster Academy include:

  • Peter O’Mahony
  • Conor Murray
  • Simon Zebo
  • Darren Sweetnam
  • Rory Scannell
  • Niall Scannell
  • Keith Earls
  • Tommy O’Donnell
  • Stephen Archer
  • Billy Holland
  • Dave Kilcoyne
  • James Cronin

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