Sweetnam opts for Munster over Cork hurlers

Munster Rugby today confirmed that Cork senior hurler Darren Sweetnam has accepted an Academy contract with the province.

The 19-year-old, who played for Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s Cork hurling side this summer, has already represented Munster at Under 18 Schools and Under 19s level as well as playing for the Munster Under 20s this season.

The Bandon Grammar graduate proved a real attacking threat from fullback for the Under 20s picking up tries against Sale and Connacht.

Sweetnam’s future was the subject of much speculation prior to today’s announcement with hurling and rugby fans recognising that he would have to choose one sport over the other at some stage.

Like Tomás O’Leary, who captained Cork’s minor hurlers to All-Ireland success in 2001, Sweetnam has opted for a professional contract with Munster.

The multi-talented teenager, who has also represented Ireland in hockey underage is understood to have informed his local GAA club Dohenys and Cork hurling officials about his decision over the weekend.

Hurling boss Barry-Murphy said: "Darren is a very talented hurler and while we are sorry to lose him, we wish him every success in his chosen career."

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