Sunday 25 September 2016

Blues lament Kelleher's move west

Published 02/05/2016 | 02:30

Cian Kelleher is set to leave Leinster to lay his rugby at Connacht next season. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Cian Kelleher is set to leave Leinster to lay his rugby at Connacht next season. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Cian Kelleher is set to join Connacht from Leinster next season. The 21-year-old full-back, who can also play on the wing, has made one Pro12 start as well as making five appearances from the bench this season.

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Leinster are understood to be unhappy as Kelleher had already agreed to sign a development contract with the club before the IRFU intervened and encouraged a move to Connacht, who are offering him a full contract.

Meanwhile, Dublin University gained their long-awaited promotion to Ulster Bank League Division 1A after a 18-9 play-off victory over Ballynahinch.

Two yellow cards hampered the Co Down side in both halves, although winger Chris Quinn's reliable boot had them leading 9-7 at half-time. The students' first try was scored by Tom Ryan, after a lineout maul and further pressure from their backline.

Max McFarland helped them fly out of the blocks on the restart, the winger blasting clear to score after a quick tap penalty.

His unconverted try, adding to an earlier Jack McDermott penalty from 30 metres, moved Tony Smeeth's youngsters into a 15-9 lead.

McDermott landed a 64th-minute penalty to put nine points between the sides, and 'Hinch had no answer as Brian du Toit's breakdown skills and Paddy Lavelle's midfield runs steered the students to their triumph.

Meanwhile, UCC were promoted to Division 1B after a thrilling 30-28 play-off success against Blackrock College.

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