The Munster back-rower conveyor belt is beginning to not just match, but take over from Leinster as another potential star emerged from their pre-season loss to Gloucester last night.
Ruadhan Quinn was fresh from completing his Leaving Cert earlier in the summer and made a try-scoring debut in an impressive 77 minute performance.
Munster were rolled over in the first half and trailed 21-0 at the break, but managed to finish with a respectable scoreline of 19-28.
With the game in the 75th, Quinn ignored a two-man overlap and crashed through two tackles to score Munster's third and final try, after nice work from scrumhalf Paddy Paterson and an assist from new signing Malakai Fekitoa.
Munster v Gloucester
74 | Ruadhan Quinn, making his first senior appearance, scores @Munsterrugby's third try
Crowley converts.#MUNvGLO 19-28
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There were four other debuts on night, with Chris Moore, Paddy Kelly, Edwin Edogbo, and Conor Phillips all debuting.
Munster head coach Graham Rowntree had also spoken before the game about his side's new signings, and new coaches.
“He [Mike Prendergast] is the brains, he’s got free rein to run the attack. Denis [Denis Leamy] the same, Kyri [Andi Kyriacou] with the forwards. I’m still coaching, I don’t think I’ll ever stop coaching. I’m always on the field.
“They’re very much cracking on with it and have grabbed the bull by the horns. Crikey, they’ve got some energy on the field, and in meetings as well. The lads can really appreciate it, the lads are feeding off that, and we’ve had some good discussions in our meetings, and some good training.
"Chris has come from a university background and fitted into a pro rugby team very well. Malakai’s reputation is fantastic and he’s fitted in very well with the young guys. Antoine quietly goes about his business but he’s classy, a classy player.
“In fact, all three of them are classy players. I’ve been impressed by how they’ve fitted in on and off the field, importantly.”