WATCH: Peter Malone happy with “great mix between Academy and Senior players”

It has been a fantastic opening few month of the season for the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy with players in Guinness PRO14, Celtic Cup and All Ireland League action.

Four Academy players featured in the win away to Cheetahs last weekend with Shane Daly and try-scorer Liam Coombes both starting as Coombes made his PRO14 debut.

Sean O’Connor and Gavin Coombes featured off the bench in the Bloemfontein victory as Munster moved up to second place in Conference A of the PRO14.

16 Academy players played their part in Munster A’s Celtic Cup campaign with Peter Malone’s side winning five from six games as Leinster took the title.

It was announced last month that Academy duo Gavin Coombes and Shane Daly will join the senior ranks next season with the pair both signing two-year contracts.

Elite Player Development Manager Peter Malone spoke about the season thus far for the Academy.

“Nine U20s played in it along with our fourteen academyplayers and 14 senior players throughout the competition played so for me,there was a great mix between Academy, Senior and young players developing outof school “

“The academy guys will be back in training with the seniorand that’s an opportunity for them to impress Johann, Felix, Gerry and JP. But also,to improve themselves and challenge them to train at that level week in weekout.”

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