RISING Clare rugby star Tony Butler finished his competitive Munster debut with eight points to his name, with his head coach saying “he’s got a big future”.
By Adam Maloney
In his first competitive start for Munster, Tony played a key role in where the Red Army thumped Welsh outfit, Dragons RFC 45-14, in Musgrave Park last weekend.
Munster Head Coach Graham Rowntree had plenty of praise for the 21-year old following his display, with a six from eight successes from the kicking tee, before exiting the game for Irish international Jack Crowley on 66 minutes.
“He ran the game extremely well, and again another lad who’s progressed significantly throughout the summer”, Rowntree stated. “We trust him, and he did really well for us, he showed lots of composure. He is a good honest young man, wasn’t perfect, and he’d be first to come see the coaches on a Monday morning with clips and areas where he can improve”.
Rowntree added of the former Ennis RFC player, “He’s got a big future. I’m really excited around Tony”.
A native of Barefield, Butler will have a weekend off this time round, where Rowntree has named Crowley at Fly-Half, leaving Butler excluded from the matchday 23-man squad.
Munster take on Ulster at 7:35pm on Friday evening In Kingspan Stadium.