Guinness PRO12 rising stars: Munster’s Conor Oliver

Charlie Peat
26 July 2017

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Munster are certainly not short of quality flankers, boasting the likes of British & Irish Lion Peter O’Mahony and Irish international Tommy O’Donnell.

But in Conor Oliver, they have one of the most exciting talents in the Guinness PRO12 and at just 21 years of age, he has plenty of seasons ahead of him.

And after being rewarded this summer with a senior development contract for next season, here’s why Oliver is one of the league’s most promising starlets.

Quick out of the blocks

The Dublin-born prodigy is in just his second year with the Greencore Academy but has stood out from the word go.

Oliver deservedly won his club’s the academy player of the year award in May and made his PRO12 debut against Glasgow Warriors in February 2016.

Just a year later, the back-row went on to win a man-of-the-match accolade against the same opposition in a season where he made 15 appearances, scoring four tries.

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The 21-year-old has also been crucial in Munster A claiming their second British & Irish Cup title, crossing for a brace of tries in a semi-final win over Ealing Trailfinders.

Tipped for greatness

Oliver has won many admirers during his blossoming career following a series of stellar displays for Munster A and head coach Peter Malone has predicted big things for the versatile youngster.

He said: “He’s pushing hard in this Munster squad. He wants to go all the way and I believe this guy has the potential to go all the way.

“When you look at his performances, there is no reason why he can’t be like a David Pocock or a Michael Hooper, push and push and push into the Munster team, and hopefully longer-term onto a higher level again.”

Ambition

The flanker, who can also operate as a number 8, has all the ingredients to be a success for the three-time Guinness PRO12 champions.


Quick at the breakdown and biting in collisions, he’s a full-blooded openside flanker, who regularly contributes to the team’s cause.

It may not be easy for the six-foot flanker to muscle his way into the starting XV but try telling Oliver that.

He said: “I am definitely ahead of the goals I set for myself at the start of the season.

“The journey I have been on has been great and I’m grateful for the opportunities I have had. I will hopefully keep pushing on and get some more games.”

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