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Friday 20 April 2018

The Future is Bright: JP Phelan (First year academy)

JP Phelan. Photo: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne
JP Phelan. Photo: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

JP Phelan

I was born in Straffan, Co Kildare and played my underage rugby for Naas RFC. I then went to Newbridge College where I played schools junior and senior cup rugby playing two years of junior and three years of senior cup rugby. I then played all representative levels, U-18, U-19, and U-20s with Leinster. While playing club rugby with UCD RFC, I first represented Munster during an 'A' inter-pro against Ulster Ravens in April 2015. I then joined the Munster academy that summer and in making the move to Limerick I now play my club rugby with Garryowen FC.

Favourite Munster game: It has to be the 2011 Munster s Northampton win in the group stages of the Heineken Cup. Watching 41 phases before getting a winning drop goal was truly mesmerising to behold. It was a true embodiment of this province and watching from an outsider's perspective at the time it showed the passion and drive that has been at the forefront of Munster Rugby.

Most memorable game I have played in: Defeating the Australian National Schools team will always stick out in my mind.

Favourite ground: Playing in the old Donnybrook Stadium during schools senior cup time was always a memorable place for me to play.

Date of Birth: 31/03/1995

Place of Birth: Kildare

Height: 188cm

Weight: 116kg

Position: Tighthead prop

Club: Garryowen RFC

School: Newbridge College

University/College: First Year, UL studying English and History.

Other sports played: Used to play inter-county hurling before I gave it up to concentrate on rugby.

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