Monday 23 April 2018

The future is bright: Simon Keller - 1st year Sub-academy

Simon Keller - 1st year Sub-academy. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie
Simon Keller - 1st year Sub-academy. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie Newsdesk Newsdesk

I was born in Ballinasloe, where I started playing rugby with Ballinasloe RFC at the age of seven. At the age of ten I took a break from rugby as I was playing a lot of soccer and Gaelic.

As my family were extremely rugby orientated, with my brother Ross representing Connacht from U-18s to U-20s, they convinced me to go back playing rugby. It wasn't until I started attending Garbally College that I took rugby seriously.

I began my career at full-back but I switched to out-half when I was 16. I represented Connacht at U-18s, 19s and 20s, joining the Connacht sub academy in the summer and I am currently playing with Corinthians RFC.

Favourite Connacht game: Beating Munster 18-12 in Thomond Park in December for the first time in 29 years. It was great to see lots of the academy lads out there and the win showed the exciting times ahead for Connacht.

Most memorable game I played in: Last year's Senior Cup final, beating Summerhill by a point. It was a massive occasion as we had lost the previous two finals and hadn't won the cup since the boarders left. Captaining the side made it even sweeter. 

Favourite ground: The Sportsground as it holds so many great memories.

Date of birth: August 7, 1996

Place of birth: Ballinasloe

Height: 179cm

Weight: 89kg

Position: Out-half

Club: Corinthians RFC

School: Garbally College

University: GMIT, Bachelor of Business

Other Sports: Soccer and Gaelic

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