Wednesday 24 September 2014

Rugby: Sligo players make Connacht U-18 team

Published 17/09/2013 | 16:27

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Sligo's 'Magnificent Seven': Members of Sligo Rugby Club who featured on the Connacht Under 18 team for recent matches against the Exiles, Ulster and Munster. Included are (l-r): Jack Keegan, Conan O'Donnell, Matthew Cosgrove (captain), Stephen Kerins, Darragh Byrne, Darragh Cummins and Joe Conway.

Five players from Sligo RFC's U.17 team of last season were on the Connacht U.18 starting team for their recent inter-provincial against Ulster at Ravenhill.

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And a sixth sligo player, Jack Keegan, was on the bench.

Conan O'Donnell started in the front row, Joe Conway was at number 6, Matthew Cosgrove captained the team at 8, Stephen Kerins was at scrum half and Ryan Feehily was called up from the Connacaht academy to take his role on the wing.

Played in poor weather conditions, Ulster had slightly the better of the first half and led 7-3 at half time.

The second half saw Connacht team take the game up another notch, although Ulster held on for the win

The Sligo lads gave a very strong account of themselves throughout the game and leading from the front was Conan O Donnel who had one of his bests game for the Province so far

Matthew Cosgrove played a leading role as Captain while Joe Conway established himself as a strong number six a

Steven Kearns worked hard at scrum half and was a serious play maker. Ryan Feehily was the youngest player on the pitch and gavean impressive performance. Jack Keegan played a small part in the game when he came on in the last ten minutes

Meanwhile, ten lads from the Sligo club have spent three days a week over the summer in Connacht's academy school.

Sligo rugby club and its members are delighted with the progress that the lads have made over the summer in Connacht as it highlights the tremendous work that has been made at under age level in the club.

The evidence of this hard work back at the club also goes down through the current under seventeen's Connacht squad where Sligo has its highest number of players attending the two day summer academy.

Matthew Cosgrove was named as Connacht captain for the season and considered this was a real honour .

"To be picked to lead the team for the inter pros was something I could never have imagined but it also brings its own pressure as you have to be vocal and be able to make decisions on the field that can effect or change the results in the game," he pointed out.

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