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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# academy

This year
# Ready to go
Academy duo in line for debuts as Leinster prepare for Cardiff test
Youngsters Aitzol King and James Culhane make the bench for this weekend’s BKT United Rugby Championship match.
Last year
# tod
Ex-Munster back row O'Donnell re-joins province as academy coach
Brendan O’Connor and Matt Brown have also been appointed.
# top gong
Mack Hansen named player of the year at Connacht awards night
Matthew Devine is academy player of the year after helping the Ireland U20s to their Grand Slam.
# rugby weekly extra
'That was a big week for Limerick rugby... it has to be about the whole province'
Munster academy manager Ian Costello was the latest guest on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
All time
# Canberra to Connacht
'I was probably the worst electrician in Canberra... I said I would give footy a go'
Irish-qualified back Mack Hansen has made a strong start to life with Connacht.
# young coaches
Connacht announce two key academy appointments
Andrew Browne and Mark Sexton will take up positions as Elite Player Development Officers with the province.
# Sevens
'When it didn't work out in Leinster, I wasn't sure if it was me being a journeyman'
Gavin Mullin is now part of the Ireland 7s set-up who are targeting Olympics qualification.
# Irish Abroad
Ireland U18 international Karl Martin signs for Top 14 club Montpellier
The Drogheda man will pursue a professional career in France.
# academy
'We’ve all been jealous of Leinster for that' - Ulster aim to keep closing gap
The northern province’s young guns showed their quality again last Friday night.
# Looking Up
Leinster's O'Brien takes inspiration from Keenan and Connors' rise to Ireland caps
The 22-year-old back has impressed for the province in recent weeks.
# Bienvenue
The Luxembourg international joining the AIL after a year with Stade Français
20-year-old Tony Drennan has signed with Queen’s University and still has professional rugby ambitions.
# Update
Munster academy player who tested positive for Covid-19 now asymptomatic
Six other players remain in self-isolation but have tested negative so far.
# precautionary steps
Munster cancel training after Academy player tests positive for Covid-19
Six more players are also self-isolating, the province revealed today.
# Depth
Leinster backing 20-year-old prospect Clarkson to step up at tighthead prop
Meanwhile, there is excitement about 21-year-old hooker Dan Sheehan’s potential.
# Potential
Munster excited about the 'serious, serious young lads coming through'
Meanwhile, the ‘eye-opening’ Stephen Larkham is making a big impact on the squad.
# Young Guns
Provincial academies to compete with Ireland 7s in new IRFU tournaments
The provinces’ A teams will also compete in a series of fixtures starting in September.
# Prospects
Ireland U20 internationals Ward and Booth among Connacht's academy intake
The western province have brought eight new players on board.
# stepping up
Munster promote 21-year-old hooker Barron to senior squad
The Cashel native has signed a one-year deal with the province.
Connacht promote six exciting academy prospects into their senior squad
Niall Murray, Sean Masterson, Conor Dean, Colm Reilly, Peter Sullivan and Jordan Duggan have earned pro contracts.
# Finishing Up
Ex-Ireland captain Anderson retiring from role with Ulster academy
The 65-year-old won 27 caps for Ireland during his playing days.
# Irish Abroad
'We were getting relegated, everything had gone to sh*t. I was done'
Ruairí Cushion played in the Championship for six years and now coaches with Exeter.
# Moving West
Leinster academy tighthead Aungier set to make switch to Connacht
The 21-year-old made five senior appearances for the eastern province this season.
# lineage
There's just one Limerick player in Munster's academy. What's being done about it?
Some of the province’s greatest days have been heavily influenced by Limerick men.
# hotshot
The emerging stars of the 2019/20 season: Niall Murray
The 20-year-old second row has featured for Connacht in the Pro14 and Champions Cup.
# first years
Ireland U20 stars Flannery and Hodnett enter Munster academy
The southern province have added four new players to their academy for the 2019/20 season.
# first years
Ryan and Turner among Leinster's new academy players for 2019/20 season
The eastern province have confirmed their roster for the upcoming season.
# 7s
'There was just blood everywhere... I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy'
Greg O’Shea has overcome injury and disappointment with Munster to become an Ireland 7s star.
Ex-Limerick minor hurler Fitzgerald promoted to senior Connacht contract
Matthew Burke and Conor Kenny will also step up from the academy next season.
# Loosehead
Academy prop Eric O'Sullivan shining with opportunity in Ulster
The 23-year-old has come through the AIL with Trinity and Banbridge.
# gorey's finest
'The sky's the limit for that one' - Wexford man Paul Boyle shines for Connacht
The 21-year-old was man of the match as Connacht earned a bonus-point win against Zebre.
# Academy Awards
Oscars to postpone controversial 'Best Popular Film' category as it needs more study
The move came after some backlash from people in the film industry.
# Chip off the old block
Cristiano Ronaldo's son joins Juventus youth academy
Other senior Juventus players have children in the team at underage level.
# Impact
Leinster's academy to Bedford to Galway: Farrell finds his feet in Connacht
The 24-year-old was superb in midfield for the western province last season.
# Hollywood
The Academy is to create an Oscar award for 'popular' films
It’s unclear whether the category will be in place for next year’s ceremony.
# forging new talent
'We're trying to develop something that leaves a legacy'
We spent a day within the Ulster academy, where Kieran Campbell is putting structures and frameworks in place to develop great people as well as players.
# Prospects
Irish-qualified Bristol back Hughes among new additions to Ulster academy
The northern province have brought six youngsters into Year 1 of their academy programme.
# Prospects
Two promising Cork youngsters sign for Top 14 club Pau's academy
Eoghan Barrett and Ben Roche are heading to France to pursue professional rugby careers.
# Departures
Munster release seven young players from academy programme
The departing players include Shannon’s Conor Fitzgerald and former Ireland U20 fullback Jack Power.
# expelled
Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski expelled from the film Academy
The Academy last October also voted to expel disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
# pathway
'It's a big difference to start getting players from Donegal and Cavan, where we haven't before'
We spoke to former Ireland scrum-half Kieran Campbell about his role as the head of Ulster academy.