Sunday 25 February 2018

My Job in Munster: Peter Malone - Elite Player Development Manager

Peter Malone - Elite Player Development Manager
Peter Malone - Elite Player Development Manager

Peter is from Limerick and he started his rugby career in St Enda's Community School, going on to play for Bruff, St Munchin's and Garryowen. He now lives in Drombanna with his wife Barbara and two children Anna and William.

When did you join Munster?

I started my current role in January 2012.

What do you do?

I am responsible for the running of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy, whose focus is to develop professional players for Munster and Irish rugby. That involves overall responsibility for the Elite Player Development programme from our age grade squads right up to our academy. I work closely with a dedicated team of staff in recruiting and developing Munster's up and coming players.

What is the best part of your job?

Seeing players that you have worked with develop into top-class professionals - it gives all the academy staff a great boost to see players play at the highest level and know that the we have played a small part in their progress.

James Cronin and Dave Kilcoyne are the two most recent players to come out of the academy that have gone on to win caps for Ireland. It is hugely rewarding for all of us to see them play at the highest level and it is great encouragement to the young players coming through.

Most memorable match?

Munster v Sale in 2006 at Thomond Park in the Heineken Cup. I will never forget the atmosphere and the intensity that the crowd brought to that game, it was a great night. I also get a kick out of the fact that I was at the Munster v Swansea game watching Pat Murray score a last-minute try to win the game in one of the first Heineken Cup games in Thomond Park.

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