Garryowen's David Johnston swaps Munster for English side Ealing

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Garryowen's David Johnston swaps Munster for English side Ealing

Dave Johnston is swapping Munster for Ealing Trailfinders

GARRYOWEN and Munster utility back David Johnston is to join English Championship side Ealing Trailfinders next season on a one-year contract.

Twenty four-year-old Johnston has made 10 appearances for Munster to date in the Guinness Pro12.

The versatile Tipperary man was a member of the Garryowen side which eased past St Mary’s College at Dooradoyle on Saturday last to earn their place in the semi-finals of the Ulster Bank League.

Johnston is a product of the Munster Rugby Academy, and after coming through the youth system he made his PRO12 debut starting against Treviso in Musgrave Park in September 2015, making a total of nine league appearances that season and was nominated for Academy Player of the Year.

Johnston then advanced to the senior squad, signing a development contract for season 2016/17 and a full contract for 2017/18.

He played a pivotal role in Munster A claiming their second B&I Cup title in 2016/17, himself and Brian Scott the only two players to start every game.

The former UL-Bohs player captained Munster A to the B&I Cup quarter-finals.in the 2017/18 season.

Ealing Trailfinders Director of Rugby Ben Ward is excited by Johnston’s arrival for next season. 

“David has come through a very prestigious rugby academy with Munster and has been in and around their set up for a number of years which can only put him in good stead. 

“We are confident that regular rugby will see him become a crucial player for us and with his versatility it adds another couple of options to our back line.

“Having analysed him a lot before our B&I Cup Semi Final last year and watching him this year he will add a huge amount to both the 13 and 15 channels.”