Fairytale weekend for Limerick's three rugby-playing Cronin brothers

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Fairytale weekend for Limerick's three rugby-playing Cronin brothers

Neil Cronin, who made his Heineken Champions Cup debut for Munster in their draw with Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday

IT has been a weekend to remember for the three rugby-playing Cronin brothers from Limerick.

On Friday night, oldest brother former Ardscoil Ris student Sean Cronin scored one of Leinster’s eight tries in their 52-3 demolition of Wasps in their Heineken Champions Cup opening round fixture at the RDS.

Ireland international hooker Sean showed terrific pace to dart over for the home side’s opening try in their runaway victory.

Not-to-be-outdone among the talented rugby-playing brothers from Killonan, Castletroy, scrum-half Neil made his Heineken Champions Cup debut when coming off the replacements bench in Munster’s nail-biting 10-10 draw with Exeter Chiefs at sandy Park.

Neil, who was a teacher at St Munchin’s College up until five months ago, earned a contract with Munster this summer after producing a series of terrific displays for Garryowen in last season’s All-Ireland League.

Former Castletroy College student Neil Cronin, who captained the ‘Light Blues’ to Munster Senior Cup glory last season, played for the closing eight minutes of the game, replacing the impressive Duncan Williams, as Johann van Graan’s side claimed two precious match points.

The scrum-half had recovered from a shoulder injury sustained last month in time to take his place on the replacements bench for the tie with the Gallagher Premiership leaders.

Meanwhile, at a wet Dooradoyle also on Saturday, the youngest member of the rugby-playing Cronin brothers, hooker Liam, bagged a crucial try in Garryowen’s thrilling 17-14 victory over holders Lansdowne in their All-Ireland League Division 1A clash.

The win means Garryowen are one of just three sides in AIL Division 1A to have won each of their two opening fixtures.