The future is bright James Connolly (Third year academy)
Published 09/10/2015 | 02:30
I am from Naas, Co Kildare so I started playing rugby with Naas RFC from U-7s level. I represented Newbridge College on the Junior Cup team in 2008 and the Senior Cup team of 2011, when I was named Forward of the Year.
I was nominated for Connacht Player of the Year at both U-19 and U-20 level while I was studying in IT Carlow. I then joined the Connacht Academy in 2013 and moved to Galway and I'm in my third year now.
Favourite Connacht game: Connacht's 10-9 Pro12 win over Leinster in September 2014 at the Sportsground. I will always remember Kieran Marmion's step on Rob Kearney to score that try!
Most memorable game I have played in: My first senior cap in December 2014 will live long in my memory. We travelled to Bayonne in the Challenge Cup and pulled off a great win against the French side and all the odds. My parents travelled over to the game as well which was great, but it was an occasion to remember.
Favourite ground: Kingsholm, home of Gloucester Rugby. I made two appearances during last year's Challenge Cup campaign and the atmosphere was amazing on both occasions, particularly for the Champions Cup play-off that went to extra-time. 100 minutes of rugby and I couldn't hear myself on the pitch. . . let alone the other lads!
Date of birth: April 19, 1993
Place of birth: Dublin
Height: 185 cms
Weight: 105 kgs
Club: Corinthians RFC
School: Newbridge College
University/College: Setanta College - Degree in Strength & Conditioning
International honours: none
Other sports played: Member of Naas Golf Club - handicap currently too high to print!