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Clare’s Tony Butler has been included as one of the three new signings for the Munster Rugby Academy.

Formerly a captain of underage sides with Ennis RFC, he has also progressed through the Munster Youths system, in September he captained the Munster Development XV against Ulster. He made his debut for the Munster A side against Connacht on Friday last.

Among his teammates with Ennis RFC was Barefield’s Ethan Coughlan who is also a member of the Munster Academy.

Butler lined out with Garryowen in the All-Ireland league this season with the out-half scoring forty points across four games.

A past pupil of St Flannan’s College, Tony is currently studying Construction Management and Engineering at UL.

Before focusing solely on rugby in the past year, Tony was a member of the Clare minor hurling panel and was wing back on the St Flannan’s side crowned Harty Cup champions in 2020. He was also a key player at underage level for St Josephs Doora/Barefield.

Tony joins the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy at the same time as Patrick Campbell and Edwin Edogbo.

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