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Door open for South Munster RDS

There is still a chance for players to join the South Munster Regional Development Squad (RDS) who began training in October. Munster Rugby maintains an open door policy, which means it's never too late to join this pathway.

Our coaches are searching for the next James Cronin and Johnny Holland - just two examples of current players who have come through this programme.

If you think your club has that player within your underage squad, his coach can contact Ken O'Connell at 086 815 7577 to discuss. Around 30 players from clubs within South Munster will form the RDS.

These players are currently playing at U-16 level with their clubs, and most would have already been on the pathway and training with the South Munster Cadet Squad throughout the summer.

Players in the South Munster RDS train on Mondays in Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa under coach development officer O'Connell and assistant coaches Conor Twomey and Damon Urlich.

Players also have two supervised strength and conditioning sessions a week in one of the three designated gyms, under the care of qualified S&C coaches. Along with this, players will be taking full part in their club activities. The aim of the RDS is to develop the players, work on position-specific skills and educate the players on nutrition.

The squad will continue to train until next May when players will be selected from all four regional squads to form the Munster U-17 Development Squad under head coach Andy Brace. The squad will throughout the summer to prepare them for a 12-month programme with the Munster U-18 Clubs side.

Irish Independent