Sunday 22 September 2019

The future is bright

Conor Lowndes
Conor Lowndes

Conor Lowndes (First year academy)

I was born in London in 1995 but moved to Trim, Co Meath, my parents home town, before my second birthday.

In 2001, we moved to Galway, settling in Moycullen, and soon after I started playing rugby with Galwegians U-7s. My dad, Noel, was one of my coaches right up to U-15. I started my rugby career in the forwards, eventually settling at openside flanker, a position I was first selected for in the U-16 Connacht development squad.

The next year I switched to centre, first for the Jes Junior Cup team and then Connacht. After leaving the Jes, I obtained  a Yeats College Scholarship and switched to scrum-half where I have represented Connacht since U-19. I joined the Connacht sub-academy in 2014 and in 2015 received an academy contract.

Favourite Connacht game: Definitely the 10-9 victory over Leinster in 2014. I remember Kieran Marmion beating Rob Kearney to score a great solo try.

Most memorable game I have played in: It's hard to pick just one, but it would have to be my first match for Connacht U-17s which was on the same day I got my Junior Cert results. We narrowly lost to Munster but it was a proud day for me.

Favourite ground: I enjoy playing in some of the bigger stadia like Thomond Park or Ravenhill. However, the Sportsground is my favourite because I know it so well and I feel we always have an advantage there.

Date of birth: 24/06/95

Place of birth: London

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Height: 185cm

Weight: 88kg

Position: Scrum-half

Club: Galwegians RFC

School: Yeats College, Colaiste Iognaid (The Jes)

University/College: NUIG, Second Year, Biomedical Science

Other sports played: Football (midfield for Moycullen and Galway), basketball (Moycullen), soccer (Salthill Devon), hurling (Moycullen) and golf (Oughterard)

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