Codyre gives Lawler fresh hope
Connacht Eagles coach Mossy Lawler admitted finding an out-half is proving tricky, as Morgan Codyre became the latest youngster to step up in his side's B&I Cup defeat to London Irish.
Connacht Eagles 14 London Irish 41
The 18-year-old came on for Luke Carty late on the game at Dubarry Park,and made an immediate impression with a brilliant touchline conversion of Sean Masterson's try.
Ciaran Gaffney scored the other Connacht effort, but seven tries sealed the victory for London Irish.
"Morgan came out of school last year and came into pre-season with the academy this year and unfortunately he got a knee injury which ruled him out for six months," said Lawler.
"This is only his second game back, and he was one of the bright lights that came out of the schools cup last year. We are looking for all positions, but with injuries, 10 seems to be where we are light."
Full-back Josh Rowland went off injured after 28 minutes of his debut to add to the worries of senior coach Pat Lam.
Connacht Eagles - J Rowland (J Murphy 28); M Byrne, C Gaffney, K Joyce, A Leavy; L Carty (M Codyre 73), C McKeon (S Kerins 31); J Dineen (C Kyne 54-64), S O'Hehir, D Roberston-McCoy (S Meunargia 49); C Gallagher (C Romaine 54), D Qualter; R Moloney, J Pim (S Masterson 54), M Kelly.
London Irish - T Parton; M Williams, C Hearn, R Neal (J Williams 63), B Ransom; T Brophy Clews (J Atkins 62), S Steele (R Brand 74); H Elrington, T Gleave (O Adams 74), O Hoskins (A Hay 74); J Sexton (W Lloyd 62), J McNally; J Trayfoot (L Narraway 63), C Gilsenan, S Nayalo.
Ref - B Blain (RFU)