Friday 30 September 2016

The future is bright: Conor Kenny (Sub academy)

Conor Kenny

Published 11/03/2016 | 02:30

Conor Kenny
Conor Kenny

I was born in London in 1996 but moved to Ferbane, Co Offaly - my dad's home town - before my sister was born in 1998. Soon after, when we had settled in Ferbane, I started playing hurling, I loved it but then I found rugby with the West Offaly Lions. My dad Donal used to help my coaches right up to U-12.

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I then moved to play with Buccaneers in Athlone for U-16s upwards. I had always been in the front-row, starting at loosehead but then when I got picked by Connacht at U-18s level, I moved over to tighthead.

I moved from Gallen CS in Ferbane to Garbally Collage in Ballinasloe in fifth year to play more rugby. We didn't have a great time at Senior Cup level that year but the next year we won, beating Summerhill by a point.

I was an unused sub for the Ireland U-20s against Wales in this year's Six Nations, but made my debut against France in Narbonne a week later.

Favourite Connacht game?

When the senior team beat Leinster 10-9 last season in the Guinness Pro12.

Most memorable game I have played in?

Losing to Sligo Grammar in the Connacht Schools Senior Cup by one point - I will never forget it!

Favourite ground?

The Sportsground - you can't beat the atmosphere

Date of birth: July 25, 1996

Place of birth: London, United Kingdom

Height: 183cm

Weight: 133kg

Position: Tighthead prop

Club: Buccaneers RFC

School: Garbally College

University/College: Will be starting in college next year

International honours: Ireland U-20 caps in 2016 Six Nations

Other sports played: I used to play hurling and I do miss it as too I really enjoyed it!

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