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A Croke Park medal, steeped in soccer and a 'Bronco' breakthrough - Leinster's silent assassin ready for next step

Leinster’s newest wing wonder making most of opportunity to shine in the big league

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Hugo Keenan during Leinster Rugby squad training Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Hugo Keenan during Leinster Rugby squad training Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Hugo Keenan during Leinster Rugby squad training Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

IT WAS the perfect way to bow out.

Captain of the winning team at Croke Park a year after losing the final of the same competition, named player of the week in a national newspaper after an influential role; Hugo Keenan hung up his GAA gloves at the age of 12 and turned his attention to his true passion.

The road he undertook would lead him to Lansdowne Road, albeit kicking a different-shaped ball than he’d envisaged at the time.