Cillian ‘Crouchy’ Gallagher handed his first start against Brive

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!

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