Back-row prospect Faloon sets sights on Interpro title
We catch up with Munster U-19 back-row Bailey Faloon, who is set to feature in the side's opening Interprovincial fixture of the series against Ulster tomorrow, at Queens University Belfast (kick-off 5.0).
Born in Brisbane, Bailey started his rugby career with the Coomera Crushers on Australia's Gold Coast before moving to Limerick three years ago.
Educated at Crescent College Comprehensive, Faloon (right) represented his school in the Munster Schools Senior Cup on two occasions and was part of the winning squad that claimed the title in 2014.
He also represented the province last season as part of the Munster U-18 Schools side that went undefeated to win the Interprovincial championship.
Following an intense selection process, Faloon has taken part in the Munster U-19 Talent Camp programme under head coach Colm McMahon and said the squad, made up of a combination of last season's Munster U-18 Clubs and U-18 Schools representative players, will use their experience to full advantage as they head into the series.
"We are virtually two squads rolled into one, which has really raised the intensity at training," he says.
"We are all fighting for our positions but in a way it has brought us all closer as a group as ultimately we all have the same goal."
This year the Munster U-19 side have trained at the Mardyke, Cork and Castletroy, Limerick in conjunction with the Munster U-20 side and Munster Sub Academy squads and Bailey said working together on their specific positions has been a great benefit.
"We have all been helping each other out by exchanging ideas and I think it has been really helpful," he says.
With reference to the management team Faloon commented on their attention to detail and acknowledged the work done by the squad's strength and conditioning coach Danielle Cunningham.
"Danielle has been particularly helpful. She's keeping the boys in shape and has given us a lot of help in many areas such as injury prevention, how we should recover after training and advice on how many hours we should be sleeping.
"We have also had great talks from coaches about mental skills. When you're tired, your mental skills are affected as well as your fitness skills and we have had good advice on how to get the balance right.
"It's all about setting goals for yourself that are achievable. For example when you're in a state of fatigue during play we have been told how to stay mentally focused to get ourselves through to the final whistle."
Looking towards the Ulster game Faloon said the squad are confident and acknowledges it will be a tough task to play them on their home turf.
"We're feeling confident. Last year both the Clubs and Schools sides came away with wins so hopefully we can do the same as a unit," he says. "We have to give it everything we have and hopefully put ourselves in a good position to claim the championship."
Bailey Faloon - the lowdown
School: 6th Year at Crescent CC
Favourite Food: Barbeque
Book you are currently reading: The Book Of Mormon
Favourite TV programme: Game of Thrones
Favourite Film: The Wedding Ringer
Favourite Actor: Johnny Depp
Favourite holiday location: My Nan's farm in Portland, Australia.
Favourite place in Munster: Lahinch
Person you would most like to meet: Quade Cooper
Sportsperson you admire most: Michael Hooper and David Pocock
Hobbies: Sleeping, chilling, road trips
Best career advice: Never give up
Other sports played: Surfing, cricket and rugby league
Sport you least like: Golf
Three people you would invite to dinner: Kevin Hart, The Queen and President Obama