James Cronin & Dolphin Senior Coach Brian Scott pictured before their game v Tonga with the Barbarians.

“It’s with great regret that I announce my time with Munster Rugby will end this summer,” said Cronin in a statement.

“It’s been a dream of mine to represent my province since I threw on my first jersey as a six-year-old kid and I take great pride in knowing I’ve represented my province 142 times and my country on three occasions.

“I have made many life-long friends in my time playing here and have learnt so much from some great men, most notably the late Garrett Fitzgerald and Anthony Foley, and I thank everyone that I’ve worked with from my days in the sub-academy to the current day.

“I want to say a special thanks to my family and friends who have always been with me for the highs, but also the lows, that come with professional rugby. To all the Munster fans also a big thank you.

“I’m excited for my next rugby chapter and giving everything like I have done in my career so far.”


30 year old James Cronin has been a great servant of  Munster Rugby, Ballincollig, Highfield & Dolphin. We wish him well, as a prop he still has some good years ahead of him, there is no doubt that many clubs interested in getting his signature . He has had a very good season for Munster with 16 appearances, starting in 13 of them.

Dolphin Appearances – 32

Munster Appearances – 142 with 20 Tries

Ireland Appearances 3

Emerging Ireland Appearances  2  – including Tbilisi Cup Winners

Barbarians   Appearances 1

Munster Academy Player of the Year 2012-13

O’Reilly McCarthy Cup v Old Belvedere 2012.

He had something special about him' - James Cronin's rise to the Ireland squad