The future is bright: James Connolly (Third year academy)
Published 18/03/2016 | 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 also 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.
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?
December 2014: My first senior cap with the province 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.
Kingsholm, home of Gloucester. 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
Position: Back row
Club: Corinthians RFC
School: Newbridge College
University/College: Setanta College - Degree in strength & conditioning
Other sports played: Member of Naas Golf Club - handicap currently too high to print!