Limerick duo star in Doncaster win

Limerick duo star in Doncaster win

FORMER Munster player Sean Scanlon marked his competitive debut for Doncaster Knights in the Greene King IPA English Championship by bagging a try in their 57-16 rout of Richmond on Saturday. 

Co-incidentally Scanlon also bagged a try in his eye-catching display on his Guinness Pro12 debut for Munster in a 24-8 win over Connacht on St Stephen’s Night 2011. 

Another Limerick native and former Munster player, out-half Declan Cusack kicked five conversions for the Knights in their facile victory

Ear-marked as a special talent from a young age, Scanlon spent two seasons in Munster’s Sub-Academy after leaving Crescent College Comprehensive, before moving onto training and development contracts with the province.

A series of impressive displays with Munster’s ‘A’ side led to his competitive debut against Connacht. 

Scanlon also featured for Munster in their pre-season games at the start of the 2012-2013 season, scoring a try against La Rochelle.

Scanlon was one of three players to join Doncaster Knights from Rotherham this summer having spent three seasons with the Titans playing a crucial part in their playoff campaigns in 2013/14 and 2014/15.

Full-back Scanlon collected age grade international honours with Ireland Under 20s winning seven caps.

Declan Cusack joined arrived at Doncaster  in May 2015 from Plymouth Albion.

The 28-year-old spent two seasons at Brickfields and was a pivotal part of the Albion set up since joining ahead of the 2013/14 campaign, making 46 appearances and scoring over 300 points.

Limerick man Cusack, who played with Thomond and Garryowen, got his first taste of professional rugby with Munster, spending three years with the Irish province, featuring heavily in the ‘A’ side and making five first team appearances.

At the end of the 2011/12 season, Cusack headed to Spain where he played for Bizkaia Gernika. As well as competing in the Spanish Premiership Cusack impressed in the Amlin Challenge Cup and ended the season as the Club’s top scorer in European competition with 50 points.

Also in the Championship, former Munster back-rower Shane Buckley started for Nottingham Rugby in their 35-19 defeat to Cornish Pirates at Lady Bay.

Nottingham, coached by former Munster assistant coach Ian Costello, also had Jordan Coghlan on the replacements’ bench.