CASTLETROY College will be aiming to win the Munster Schools Senior Cup for the first time since 2008 this season. Castletroy open their campaign with a quarter-final tie against Rockwell College at Clanwilliam Park on Tuesday, January 28
Coaching team: Martin Burke (head coach), John Staunton, Declan English, Conor Gallagher, Richie Feeney; Strength and conditioning: Paul Harmon, Brendan Colleran; Physio: Dave Cross
Last cup success: 2008
Last season: Lost 7-25 to Rockwell in the quarter-finals
Squad: Eoin Fitzgerald*, Conor Humphreys*, Joe Doyle*, Noel Clohessy*, Stuart Hoare, Robert Larby*, David Rowsome, Jack O’Neill* (Capt), Ian O’Connor, Mark McCarthy*, Ross Kennedy, Paul Butler*, John Fox*, David Garry, Conor Lenihan*, Conor Fleming, Mark O’Mara, Mike Finucane, Ronan Murphy*, Rory Cunningham*, Sean McGuire, Brian Donovan, Niall O’Shea, Joseph Conway, Conor Myers, Sean McBrearty, Ronan McDonnell, Evan Slattery, Andrew Corrigan, Shaun Shinnors, Charlie Maloney, Dale Hayes, Daniel Brazil, Shane O’Hara.
Captain: Jack O’Neill
Representative players: Rory Cunningham, Ronan Murphy (both Munster Schools)
Star man: Conor Humphreys. The back-row forward was a member of the 2013 squad and is a key member of the Castletroy pack with his hugely impressive work-rate
Any other business: Ronan O’Mahony (Munster) and James Rael (Connacht) were the first past pupils of Castletroy College to gain professional contracts this season.
Prospects: Tough opener against Rockwell College at Clanwilliam Park on Tuesday, but it is a challenge Castletroy College will relish having exited the competition at the hands of the Tipperary students last season. Boosted by the addition of 2013 Junior Cup and Bowen Shield medal winners to their squad. Capable of pulling off a surprise or two and belying their bookies odds of 25/1.
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