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McKeon aims to end on high

Promising young Connacht back-rower Eoin McKeon finds it painful to contemplate missing out on Heineken Cup action next year.

The 20-year old appreciates that he is fortunate to be tasting northern hemisphere rugby's biggest club competition so early in his career, given that some long-serving Connacht players never got to play in the tournament.

Connacht are unlikely to finish above any of their rival provinces in the Pro12 -- they are 14 points adrift of Ulster, with Leinster and Munster further ahead -- but they will qualify if any of the three sides win this season's Heineken Cup.

"My family have been Connacht supporters for years and, as I came up through the ranks, it was easy to appreciate the significance of playing in the Heineken Cup," he said McKeon.

He made his debut almost two years ago this season and has come off the bench twice in the competition, against Gloucester and last weekend away to Toulouse.

"It has been a great experience and I think the feeling is that having tasted it, everyone wants more of it, and it is hard to think we mightn't be involved next year.

"We had great support in Toulouse last weekend and it would be great for them as well if we completed our first year in the Heineken Cup with a win. That's the target," added the Galwegians clubman, ahead of their home tie agains Harlequins

Irish Independent