The future is bright: Cian Romaine (First year academy)
I'd like to say I was born in Ireland but in actual fact I was born in London, I spent a lot of my life in Ballyforan, Roscommon with my family and knew I always wanted to move to Ireland! I started playing rugby when I was about 12 years old when I went to St Benedict's School, Ealing and joined Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club. I was 16 before I took rugby very seriously. I moved from prop to second-row/back-row.
I was able to get into the Irish system through the Irish Exiles - a platform that allowed Nigel Carolan see me play. I spent two years in the Connacht sub-academy and it was a dream come true when I was capped for Ireland U-19s. I then went on to earn six caps for the U-20s in the Six Nations and Junior World Cup.
Favourite Connacht game: Definitely the 10-9 win over Leinster last season, simply because it represents how far we have come and really shows what hard work, determination and pure grit can do!
Most memorable game I have played in: It was with the Ireland U-20s against Italy - the first game of the Six Nations campaign and also my first official cap. I also scored my first international try that day!
Favourite ground: The Sportsground! It was the ground where I first played in a professional environment, with professional players and there is always such a great atmosphere on the big nights.
Date of birth: 29/08/1995
Place of birth: London
Club: Buccaneers RFC
School: St Benedict's School, Ealing
University/College: GMIT, Bachelor of Business
International honours: 1 cap Ireland U-19s 2014, 6 caps Ireland U-20s 2015
Other sports played: Basketball, badminton