Sunday 21 January 2018

The future is bright: Matthew Burke (1st year sub-academy)

Matthew Burke. Photo: INPHO/James Crombie
Matthew Burke. Photo: INPHO/James Crombie

I was born in London and spent the first year of my life there before my parents moved back to Ireland, settling outside Ballinrobe, where my father's parents were from.

I started playing rugby when I was six. I joined the local club in Ballinrobe and spent most of my playing career there until I joined Galwegians last year.

I trained with Connacht age grade squads at U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 level, playing in inter-provincial campaigns with the U-18 team last year and the U-20s this year. I was also selected to play for the Irish Youths against Italy U-18 in February 2015 where I got my first international cap.

Favourite Connacht game?

The historic win in Thomond Park this year. It was incredible to see so many Connacht supporters there and the atmosphere was unreal.

Most memorable game I have played in?

Probably our 24-23 loss to Munster in the interpros this year. That might sound unusual, but it just had everything: tries galore, big hits, passion, joy, heartbreak.

Favourite ground?

The Sportsground for sure. Home is where the heart is!

Date of birth: February 4, 1997

Place of birth: Lewisham, London

Height: 180cm

Weight: 110kg

Position: Prop

Club: Galwegians

School: Ballinrobe Community School; Yeats' College Galway.

International honours: 1 cap for Ireland U-18, 2015.

Other sports played: Football, soccer, boxing, basketball.

Irish Independent

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