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The Future is Bright: Niall Horan (Third year academy)

Niall Horan

Published 02/10/2015 | 02:30

Niall Horan is in his third year at the Munster Rugby Academy
Niall Horan is in his third year at the Munster Rugby Academy

Background: I was born and grew up in Adare, Co Limerick. I started playing rugby at six years of age with Old Crescent RFC and started playing with UL Bohs when I was 11. I played my schools rugby with Crescent College Comprehensive and captained our Senior Cup side in my final year of school. During my time at Crescent I also made an appearance with the Irish U-19s team. I joined the Munster Sub-Academy in 2012 and now play my club rugby with Shannon RFC.

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Favourite Munster game: The miracle match against Gloucester in 2003 and Munster's first Heineken Cup win in 2006. I was at both matches and they were both special moments that will stick with me for some years to come.

Most memorable game I have played in: Playing in last year's pre-season game in Kingsholm Stadium against Gloucester was an incredible experience. While the result didn't go our way on the day, the experience of playing for the Munster seniors in Anthony Foley's first game as coach was unforgettable.

Favourite ground:  It has to be Thomond Park. So many memories.

Date of birth: 21/4/93

Place of birth: Limerick

Height: 183cm

Weight: 110kg

Position: Prop

Club: Shannon

School: Crescent College Comprehensive

University/College: University of Limerick, BBS, majoring in Economics & Finance

International honours: Ireland U-19s 2012

Other sports played: Gaelic football, hurling, soccer, golf

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