Munster Schools Senior Cup - Castletroy College

Today we start our profiles of the Limerick rugby schools competing in the Munster Schools Senior Cup. We begin with a Castletroy team aiming to win their first cup since their maiden success in 2008.

Today we start our profiles of the Limerick rugby schools competing in the Munster Schools Senior Cup. We begin with a Castletroy team aiming to win their first cup since their maiden success in 2008.

FIRST UP: v CBC at 3pm in Tom Clifford Park on Thursday, January 31

COACHING TEAM: Coaches: Declan English; Mairtin Burke (Backs); John Staunton (Forwards), Brendan Colleran (Strength and Conditoning); Shane O’Leary (Fitness)

LAST CUP SUCCESS: 2008

LAST SEASON: Exited at the quarter-final stage at the hands of eventual winners Rockwell, having earlier lost to finalists St Munchin’s College

SQUAD: Sean Shinners, Liam Cronin, Dean Coffey, Patrick Bermingham, Noel Clohessy, Ben Burns, Robbie Sweeney, Robert Larby, Sean Carey, Conor Linehan, Daniel Brassil, Killian Carroll, Mark McCarthy, Derry Griffin, Cian Malone, Eoin Fitzgerald, Joe Doyle, Conor Bartley, Jack O’Neill, Darragh Kennedy, Rory Cunningham, Jack Murphy, Rhys Joyce, Stuart Hoare, Ross Kennedy, Andrew Corrigan, Ronan Murphy, Adam Ivan Clancy, Ian O’Connor, Paul Butler.

CAPTAIN: Darragh Kennedy

REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS: Ben Burns and Liam Cronin, Munster U-19s

STAR MAN: Hooker Ben Burns is an exciting prospect, who is a talented scrummager and boasts a high work rate around the pitch.

Any other business: Squad member Liam Cronin is a brother of Leinster and Ireland hooker, Sean and and scrum-half Neil who has impressed with Garryowen in recent seasons and who won a Munster Schools Junior Cup with Castletroy College in 2008.

PROSPECTS: Since memorably winning the cup double in 2008 they have struggled to recapture those glory days. They were well beaten in both games last season - albeit by eventual winners Rockwell and finalists St Munchin’s. CBC represent a tough opening round fixture, even if that game is in Limerick. Should they lose that game, they could well have a winner takes all game against Limerick rivals Crescent in the quarter-final. That will define their season

Tomorrow we look at the Ardscoil Ris team looking to win the school its first senior cup title