The future is bright: Rory Moloney (Third year academy)
I was born in Portlaoise hospital and raised in Abbeyleix in Laois. I started playing my rugby when I was eight with Portlaoise RFC. Right through my childhood I played other sports like hurling and Gaelic football with Abbeyleix and Ballyroan, but when I was 15 or 16 I dropped them to concentrate on rugby.
I started secondary school in Cistercian College Roscrea in 2007 and finished in 2013. From there I got selected to play Ireland Schools and I started in the Connacht Academy in 2013.
Favourite Connacht game?
Connacht's win over Munster in Thomond Park this season. It was a great team performance with so many individuals standing out and making themselves known. To win a game in that fashion against a big rival like Munster and to hold onto the top spot of the table was really pleasing.
Most memorable match?
It has to be the Leinster Schools quarter-final where we came back from 10 points down to beat Terenure 17-14. The atmosphere was sensational - it was the first schools match to be played in Tallaght Stadium so it made the experience truly memorable.
Donnybrook stadium where we played most of our Schools Cup matches, there was always something special about playing in Donnybrook and even more special when winning there.
Date of birth: Jan 4, 1995
Place of birth: Portlaoise
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 100 kg
Position: Openside flanker
School: Cistercian College Roscrea
International honours: Irish Schools 2012-13, Irish U-20s 2014-15
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