Cronin was born in Ballincorrig and attended school in the same town before going on to play for Ballincollig RFC, Dolphin RFC & Highfield RFC.
After playing his first game for Munster A against Connacht Eagles in a pre-season game in August 2012 James went on to make his B&I Cup debut against Rotherham Titans in December.
He claimed his first senior cap in the RaboDirect PRO12 game against Leinster in Thomond Park in April 2013 and was voted Academy Player of the Year in May.
In 2014 Cronin was selected for the Irish team and played 1 test against Argentina. He impressed enough over the coming months to be named in the Irish 6 Nations Squad for the 2015 Tournament.
Impressive form saw the loosehead included the Ireland squad for the 2016 RBS 6 Nations where he featured off the bench against France.
Signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the province until at least June 2019.
Ahead of the 2018-19 season, Cronin has played 102 times for Munster scoring 65 points.
As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Cronin has had 26 European Cup appearances scoring 2 tries and 10 points.
In October 2018, he signed a two-year contract extension with Munster until June 2021.
(LS October 18, 2018)
|2013 - present|
|2014 - 2017|
|2017 - 2017|