Munster's Peter Malone explains decision to bring in South African teenagers

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Munster's Peter Malone explains decision to bring in South African teenagers

Munster Elite Player Development Manager Peter Malone

MUNSTER Elite Player Development Manager, Peter Malone says the two teenage South African players currently training with the province’s Academy were identified and recruited in line with their ‘succession plan.’

Eighteen-year-old Keynan Knox and Matt More recently linked up with Peter Malone’s charges after completing their schools rugby with Michaelhouse and St Andrew’s College respectively. 

Knox, a tighthead prop, and Moore who plays centre and fullback, are training with the first year academy recruits.

Peter Malone explained: “They are two players that were identified and recruited in line with our succession plan and they have come with references from rugby credible contacts in South Africa who we have good relationships with.

“Keynan and Matt will train with the Academy within a structured programme that takes into account their age, relocating to a new country, and their personal development.

“Both players have adapted well in a short period of time and are looking forward to playing rugby.

“They only finished school in South Africa in November and since joining us, are following our Academy personal development programme. In the last few weeks they have already completed modules on financial planning, nutrition, and rest and recovery.

“They then will have the opportunity to continue with third level studies or vocational opportunities in line with the academic year next September.”