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Conor Lowndes (First year academy)

Published 06/11/2015 | 02:30

Conor Lowndes
Conor Lowndes

I was born in London in 1995 but moved to Trim, Co Meath, my parents home town, before my second birthday.

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In 2001, we moved to Galway, settling in Moycullen, and soon after I started playing rugby with Galwegians U-7s. My dad, Noel, was one of my coaches right up to U-15. I started my rugby career in the forwards, eventually settling at openside flanker, a position I was first selected for in the U-16 Connacht development squad.

The next year I switched to centre, first for the Jes Junior Cup team and then Connacht. After leaving the Jes, I obtained  a Yeats College Scholarship and switched to scrum-half where I have represented Connacht since U-19. I joined the Connacht sub-academy in 2014 and in 2015 received an academy contract.

Favourite Connacht game: Definitely the 10-9 victory over Leinster in 2014. I remember Kieran Marmion beating Rob Kearney to score a great solo try.

Most memorable game I have played in: It's hard to pick just one, but it would have to be my first match for Connacht U-17s which was on the same day I got my Junior Cert results. We narrowly lost to Munster but it was a proud day for me.

Favourite ground: I enjoy playing in some of the bigger stadia like Thomond Park or Ravenhill. However, the Sportsground is my favourite because I know it so well and I feel we always have an advantage there.

Date of birth: 24/06/95

Place of birth: London

Height: 185cm

Weight: 88kg

Position: Scrum-half

Club: Galwegians RFC

School: Yeats College, Colaiste Iognaid (The Jes)

University/College: NUIG, Second Year, Biomedical Science

Other sports played: Football (midfield for Moycullen and Galway), basketball (Moycullen), soccer (Salthill Devon), hurling (Moycullen) and golf (Oughterard)

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