Friday 6 December 2019

Ex-Munster star Ronan joins Royals

Niall Ronan. photo: Sportsfile
Niall Ronan. photo: Sportsfile

Former Munster and Ireland flanker Niall Ronan has been appointed as the new strength and conditioning coach to the Meath footballers, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

Ronan, a native of the Royal County, played for Munster, Leinster and Ireland in a professional rugby career that spanned more than a decade.

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A former Meath minor footballer, he retired from Munster in 2014 and returned to play with his club St Colmcille's, who won a county IFC title in 2016 and Ronan played as they lost the All-Ireland IFC final to Westport the following February. Ronan replaces John Coughlan, who held the position for three seasons.

Manager Andy McEntee brings Meath back to the top flight next year for the first time since 2006. However, they head into the campaign without the services of veteran defender Mickey Burke, who is set to team up with the county's hurlers.

Burke made his debut for the Royals in 2004 and was the last remaining Meath footballer to play under Sean Boylan.

Meath start their league campaign away to Tyrone on Sunday, January 26.

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