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The Future is Bright: Stephen Fitzgerald (2nd year academy)


Stephen Fitzgerald is part of the 2nd year academy

Stephen Fitzgerald is part of the 2nd year academy

Inpho/Billy Strickland

Stephen Fitzgerald is part of the 2nd year academy

I was born in Ard na Crusha in Clare, and I started playing rugby when I was seven years old with Shannon.

I lost in the final of both junior and senior cups with my school Ard Scoil Rís. I was initially an out-half but then made the switch to the back three after my Junior Cup days.

I have played all of the Munster underage grades and played three pre-season matches with the seniors and also played U-19s and U-20s with Ireland. Last week I started in my first Pro12 game.

Favourite Munster game: Munster v Northampton in 2011 when Rog got the winning drop-goal in the last play of the game.

Most memorable game I have played in: I would have said getting my first run-out with the seniors against Gloucester when I was just 18; although the result wasn't the best it was still a great experience to play. But since then I'll have to say making my Pro12 debut, starting against Ospreys last week.

Favourite ground: Although it might anger my own club, when I was in school I always loved playing cup games in Garryowen just because it's an open pitch and there always seems to be a great atmosphere and buzz over in Dooradoyle.

Date of birth: November 13, 1995

Place of birth: Clare

Height: 6ft 2 ins

Weight: 92 kg

Position: Back three

Club: Shannon

School: Ard Scoil Rís

University/college: 2nd year in business in UL

International honours: 1 cap U-19, 8 caps U-20

Other sports played: Minor hurling with Limerick

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