Wednesday 18 October 2017

The Future is Bright: Ciaran Gaffney (Second year academy)

Ciaran Gaffney
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I was born in 1995 and started playing rugby for Galwegians RFC at the age of four. I played Gaelic football with my club Salthill-Knocknacarra and Galway all the way up to minor level. I went to St Joseph's College (the Bish) up until the Junior Cert and Cistercian College Roscrea for 5th and 6th year.

I have been capped at Irish Schools, U-19 and U-20 level. I've been involved in Connacht development squads since I was U-14 and used to be a ball boy at Connacht games until I was 13 years of age.

Favourite Connacht game: Connacht's first home game in the Heineken Cup against Toulouse was an unbelievable experience. I had never seen the Sportsground so packed and the atmosphere and excitement was incredible! I think that's still the record attendance at the Sportsground.

Most memorable game I have played in: That would probably be beating Wales in the U-20 World Cup pool stages in New Zealand last year. We got the four-try bonus point and that helped us qualify for the last four.

Favourite ground: I always enjoy playing in Crowley Park for Galwegians even though the grass is cut about five inches too long! There's a cracking atmosphere in Donnybrook for the schools cup as well.

Date of birth: 06/05/1995

Place of birth: Dublin, grew up in Galway

Height: 188cm

Weight: 98kg

Position: Back three/Centre

Club: Galwegians RFC

School: St Joseph's College (the Bish) and Cistercian College Roscrea

University/College: Third year Commerce with French

International honours: 1 cap Ireland Schools 2013, 10 caps Ireland U-20s 2014 & 2015

Other sports played: Gaelic football, soccer, golf

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