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Ealing Trailfinders Sign Kevin O’Byrne

Ealing Trailfinders are thrilled to announce the signing of experienced Irish hooker Kevin O’Byrne ahead of the 2022/23 Championship season.

The 31-year-old moves to West London following a successful eight year career with Munster, earning 90 appearances and featuring in the PRO12/14, United Rugby Championship and European Champions Cup.

The Cork native joined Munster in 2013/14, before earning his senior debut against Gloucester at Kingsholm in August 2014. He went on to make his Pro12 debut against Edinburgh in the first match of the 2014 season, before playing a major part in Munster A’s British & Irish Cup title in 2016/17, charging through for a try in the final against Jersey Reds. 

Kevin’s Champions Cup debut came against Racing 92 in October 2017, coming off the bench in the 61st minute as Munster battled their way to a gritty 14-7 win. In 2020/21 he was named in the PRO14 Dream Team, starting six of Munster’s 13 league matches and crossing for four tries. 

Ahead of his move to Ealing Trailfinders, Kevin said: “I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to play for Ealing Trailfinders. The club has exceptional aspirations and a fantastic squad and energy, I am really looking forward to getting stuck in.”

Director of Rugby Ben Ward added: “Kevin’s playing record speaks for itself. He’s a highly experienced competitor who will make an immediate impact at our club, bolstering our front-row stocks and becoming a key figure in our determination to achieve further success.”