Sunday 22 September 2019

The Future is Bright: Sean McCarthy (Third year academy)

Sean McCarthy.Photo: Inpho/Billy Stickland
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I'm from Currow village in Co Kerry and I started playing rugby in nearby Castleisland RFC when I was eight years old.

Having played rugby at home for a few years, I moved to Rockwell College when I was 17, where I was lucky to pick up two Schools Senior Cup medals, captaining the winning side in 2012. I moved on to the sub-academy which I completed for a year before being offered an academy contract at the start of the 2013/'14 season. I have represented Ireland at all age-grade levels, playing for the U-20s in the Junior World Championship in France in 2013. Now in my final year of the academy programme, I recently signed a one-year development contract for 2016/'17.

Favourite Munster game: Munster v All Blacks in Thomond Park in 2008 due to the incredible atmosphere and being in the stadium with my mother and sister two hours before the game to get a good place in the terrace.

Most memorable game I have played in: Playing for Munster in the pre-season game against Gloucester in Kingsholm in 2014 was great and more recently I was delighted to make my Pro12 debut when coming on against Cardiff at the Arms Park.

Favourite ground: Nothing beats Thomond Park.

Date of birth: 12/02/1993

Place of birth: Currow village, Co Kerry

Height: 1.96cm

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Weight: 118kg

Position: Second-row

Club: Shannon RFC

School: Castleisland Community College & Rockwell College

International honours: Irish U-18 schools, Ireland U-19, Ireland U-20

Other sports played: Minor football with Kerry, basketball at underage level with Ireland, and athletics

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