Buckley is third Munster player to sign for Nottingham

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Buckley is third Munster player to sign for Nottingham

BACK-ROW forward Shane Buckley has become the third Munster player to sign for English Championship side Nottingham Rugby in recent weeks.

Twenty four-year-old Garryowen clubman Buckley played five times for Munster in the Guinness Pro12 this season.

Buckley was named Academy Player of the Year in 2014.

Buckley will join Munster flanker Jordan Coghlan and fly-half Gearoid Lyons at Nottingham Rugby next season where Munster assistant coach Ian Costello is taking over as head coach.

A former Ireland Under-20 international, Buckley made his Munster A British and Irish Cup debut against Moseley in December 2011, before making his senior competitive debut against Edinburgh at Thomond Park in the PRO12, in September 2014.

Ian Costello said he was delighted to have secured the services of Buckley at his new club, saying: “Shane is a very physical and abrasive player. He is an excellent ball carrier and a destructive tackler and he’s equally comfortable at 6 or 8.

“He works extremely hard on and off the pitch and will bring a lot of leadership to the group.”