Sligo native and current Academy player Cillian Gallagher made his first start for Connacht in the Challenge Cup clash away to Brive last Saturday.
Cillian, a former Summerhill College student, started playing rugby with Sligo RFC U-14s and continued up to senior level. He was first selected for Connacht for the U-15 development squad and then for the U-16 and U-17 squads, however it wasn’t till he was at the U-18 level that he started to seriously focus on rugby, and managed to secure a place in the Connacht sub academy. The former Ireland U-20 captain had made his Connacht debut off the bench in the Challenge Cup win over Worcester in October. He played the whole game at blindside in a back row that included Eoghan Masterson at openside and Captain John Muldoon at number 8. Connacht come from 16 points down to score a brilliant comeback win and claim the full 5points in Brive, with a final score of 31-38. Well done Crouchy!