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.”