Monday 26 September 2016

The Future is Bright: Conor McKeon (Second year academy)

Published 18/09/2015 | 02:30

Conor McKeon is part of the Connacht Academy
Conor McKeon is part of the Connacht Academy

I was born in Dublin and live in Rathfarnham with my family. I began my rugby at five years of age. I first played under coach Vinny Hammond at St Mary's RFC.

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I was also a keen hurler with Ballyboden St Enda's and Dublin at underage level but I chose rugby over hurling when I started in Gonzaga College for secondary school.

I joined the Connacht academy in July 2014 and really enjoyed my first year in Galway.

In the later part of the season, I was training with the senior squad for some sessions and earned my first cap when I came on from the bench and kicked two conversions in the 40-10 Pro12 win away to Zebre in May. That was a great experience.

Favourite Connacht game: Watching Connacht beat Leinster at the Sportsground last September was pretty special. It was a great atmosphere and a great performance to beat the defending champions.

Most memorable game I have played in: With the Ireland Schools team when we beat France in the European semi-final. This was my first big win in rugby along with the U-13s cup for Gonzaga College in first year!

Favourite ground: The best stadium I have played in was Eden Park with the Ireland U-20s against the junior All Blacks. Playing at the Aviva Stadium with my previous club Lansdowne in the All-Ireland League is also up there as a great memory.

Date of birth: January 4, 1994

Place of birth: Dublin

Height: 5ft 10ins

Weight: 85kg

Position: Out-half

Club: Buccaneers

School: Gonzaga College

University/College: NUI Galway, 2nd year commerce

International honours: Ireland U-18 Schools, U-19, U-20.

Other sports played: Hurling

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