Cork hurler Darren Sweetnam has chosen to switch codes by signing a development contract with Munster Rugby.
Representatives of Cork County Board have confirmed that the Dohenys clubman has signed a development contract with the two time Heineken Cup winners.
The midfielder, who played all four of Cork’s senior hurling Championship fixtures this summer, has previously represented Munster Rugby at U-18, Schools and U-19 levels as well as playing for the Munster Under 20s this season.
The graduate of Bandon Grammar School proved a real attacking threat from fullback for the Under 20s picking up tries against Sale and Connacht.
Having played both codes for so long, it was clear that the 19 year-old had to choose one or the other sooner rather than later. He has chosen the professional game and looks likely to give up his college studies, for the time being at least.
The multi-talented teenager, who has also represented Ireland in hockey underage told his local GAA club Dohenys and Cork hurling boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy about his decision over recent days.
Speaking of the young man’s decision, 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.”