The Douglas native was first introduced to rugby at PBC, Cork where he reached the schools final.
Scannell went on to represent Ireland at Ireland U18 Schools in 2011 when they won the FIRA-AER European Championship and Ireland U20’s, where he started every game of the 2013 U20 6 Nations and also featured in every match of the U20 Junior World Championship in France later that year.
Scannell made his senior Munster debut on 1 November 2014, starting at Inside Centre against Cardiff Blues in the Guinness Pro 12.
He started at Fly-half against Cardiff Blues on 14 February 2015. Scannell was nominated for the 2015 John McCarthy Award for Academy Player of the Year in April 2015. On 14 November 2015, Scannell made his European Rugby Champions Cup debut for Munster, coming off the bench in their opening 2015–16 pool game against Treviso.
He is the younger brother of fellow Munster player Niall Scannell.
In May 2016, he became the first player to win both Academy and Young Player of the Year.
Rory was promoted from the academy ranks to a development contract at the start of the 2016/17 season and will advance to a full contract for season 2017/18. Rory and brother Niall Scannell were called into the Irish 2017 6 Nations squad.
In May 2017, Rory was named in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to USA & Japan, where he made his debut for his country.
His impressive performance at the tour secured his spot in Ireland's squad for the 2018 Six Nations.
He went into the 2018/19 season with 81 caps for Munster and 95 points scored.
In December 2018, Scannell signed a new deal with Munster Rugby, committing to the province until at least June 2021.
Following a good Pro 14 season he earned a call up into the Ireland RWC Training Squad. He had represented his country 3 times as of May 2019
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