Munster Rugby have confirmed today that Rockwell College graduate Bill Johnston and former Northampton Saints Academy player Ollie Lyons have joined year one of the Greencore Munster Academy programme.
Just last season, Bill Johnston was part of the Rockwell College team that claimed the Munster Schools Senior Cup. Having previously represented Munster Under-18 Schools, the Clonmel native also captained Ireland Under-18 Schools side during the Rugby Europe Under-18 Championship in France earlier this year.
Joining the sub-Academy ranks at the beginning of the season, the young out-half won inclusion – alongside his older brother David – in the Munster senior squad for all three pre-season encounters, starting the final game against London Irish. The following month the 18-year-old played his part in Munster Under-20s’ Interprovincial title success.
A former Bedford School player, Ollie Lyons(pictured above) spent time with both the Northampton Saints and Wasps academies. Scoring a try on his debut for Munster ‘A’ – against Ulster Ravens at Naas RFC last April – the 20-year-old back rower went on to represent a Munster Sevens side at the Limerick World Club 7s tournament in August.
Name: Bill Johnston
DOB: February 17, 1997
Birth Place: Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Name: Ollie Lyons
DOB: September 23, 1995
Birth Place: Milton Keynes, England
Position: Back rower