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Thomond’s Evan Cusack could be on his way to Young Munster

By Aidan Corr
WITH all local clubs back in early season training, efforts to recruit new players are becoming a problem. A quick ring-around indicates that filling coaching staff appointments, and attracting experienced props in particular, are providing unwelcome headaches.
Top of the pile, the city’s two division 1A teams, Garryowen and Young Munster have reported little change from last season. The Dooradoyle club look set to sign promising second-row Paddy Kelly while Young Munster are interested in the services of Evan Cusack (pictured) from relegated Thomond. Cusack is a great prospect and it would be interesting to see how he could make the transition from AIL 2C to 1A. He comes from a high-quality sporting lineage: his dad Declan was an outstanding player with Thomond while is grandfather, Sean Cusack, helped Limerick AFC to their first League of Ireland success when they lifted the Shield in 1953. Seanie went on to play with the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier in the early 1950s.
Young Munster have given the nod of approval to their coaching line-up with Gearoid Prendergast continuing as head coach and James Hickey as his assistant. Donn O’Sullivan remains as skills coach. Harry Fleming has joined the black and ambers from UL Bohemian but Clinton Stewart, Billy Scannell and Conor Hayes are still undecided.
Paul Neville has stepped down from his coaching role with Garryowen FC for personal reasons but Conan Doyle will continue as head coach with John Staunton remaining as forwards coach.
Geoff Moylan returns to Shannon RFC as director of rugby with former Shannon Richmond out-half Tadhg Bennett coming in as coach and Mike Storey taking charge of the forwards.
St Mary’s have appointed Keith McManus as backs coach and are in negotiations with a possible head coach this week while Thomond have appointed Kevin O’Mahony as head coach; Mike Grimes as assistant coach and Leonard Slattery as forwards coach.
Richmond’s head coach, replacing Tadhg Bennett, is Mark Hayes with more appointments imminent while Abbefeale RFC have appointed Eoin Cahill as skills and backs coach; Eamonn Foley as fitness coach and Timmy Cotter as team manager.
Ger Earls returns as head coach of Newcastle West with Aidan O’Halloran continuing as assistant while Declan Edwards takes on a new role in club development.
More updates as they come to hand.

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