The future is bright
Jack Dinneen (Second year academy)
I was born in Cork, but moved to Limerick at a young age. My family were very rugby-orientated, with both my dad and grandfather having played at representative level. I started out playing youths rugby with Old Crescent RFC, but at the age of eight or nine I moved to Shannon RFC where I played my underage rugby, right up to U-19s. We had quite a successful Shannon team, winning nearly every league and cup we featured in from U-13s onwards.
I went to school in Crescent College Comprehensive SJ where I played two years Junior Cup and four years Senior Cup, coming away with one Junior Cup and one Senior Cup medal. I played with Munster U-18s and U-19s before making the move to Connacht for the U-20s interpros. I played all of my rugby at No 8 until after that interpro campaign, when I moved into the front-row, at hooker.
Favourite Connacht game: When Connacht beat Toulouse 16-14 away in France. It was a brilliant game and the lads pulled together as the underdogs.
Most memorable game I have played in: Winning the Munster Schools Senior Cup. We beat Rockwell College 27-5 in Thomond Park. It was an extremely emotional day as it had been 19 years since our school had last won the cup. The atmosphere in the stadium was incredible with our entire school there in force.
Favourite ground: Anyone who grows up playing rugby in Limerick wants to play in Thomond Park. I first played there in the Senior Cup quarter-final with PBC. We lost that game but being able to play in such an iconic stadium was amazing.
Date of birth: 28/11/1994
Place of birth: Cork
Club: Galwegians RFC
School: Crescent College Comprehensive SJ