Butler And Coughlan Sign Senior Munster Contracts

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Two Clare men have signed senior contracts with Munster Rugby

Doora Barefield duo Ethan Coughlan and Tony Butler have graduated from the Academy and have put pen to paper on two year deals.

Butler and Coughlan become the first players from Ennis Rugby Club to earn senior Munster contracts.


Out-half Butler has earned his first senior contract after a very productive three years in the Academy.

He has made six senior appearances to date, including two starts so far this season against Dragons and Connacht.

A Grand Slam winner with the Ireland U20s in 2022, Butler now plays his AIL rugby with Young Munster having previously lined out for Garryowen.

He captained Ennis at underage level, teaming up with Coughlan in the half-backs as they enjoyed success in the Munster U16 and U18 Clubs competitions.

Scrum-half Ethan Coughlan is enjoying an excellent campaign with three starts so far this year and eight senior appearances in total since joining the Academy.

He enjoyed great success alongside Butler with Ennis RFC at underage level before captaining the Ireland U18 Clubs team.

He also won a Grand Slam with the Ireland U20s in 2022 and plays his AIL rugby with Shannon.