Who are rugby’s rising stars? Here are profiles of up-and-coming players who have been featured in Rugby World magazine

European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 4, Kingston Park, Newcastle, England 20/12/2015
Newcastle Falcons vs Connacht
ConnachtÕs Conan O'Donnell takes to the field 
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How did you get into rugby? My first sport was Gaelic football, which I started when I was three or four, with St Mary’s. I played until U18s and we…

13.08.16 - Exeter Chiefs v Scarlets - Preseason Friendly -
Ioan Nicholas of Scarlets looks for a way through.

How did you get into rugby? My father, Adrian, was a wing at Pontyberem and when I wanted to start playing with my friends he coached our team all the…

Under-20 Six Nations Championship Round 2, Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay, Wales 12/2/2016
Wales U20's vs Scotland U20's
Scotland’s Ben Robbins
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When did you first play rugby? Towards the end of primary school, at George Watsons. It was the main sport and I didn’t enjoy it much at first but I…

27.02.16 - Wales Under 20 v France Under 20 - Under 20 Six Nations 2016 -
Tom Phillips of Wales is tackled by Romain Buros of France.

When did you take up rugby? When I was seven, playing touch, and ever since then I have played week in week out. I started with Llanelli Wanderers and stayed…

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When did you start playing rugby? Aged six or seven, at the Saffron Walden club. But I soon moved on to Bishop’s Stortford and I was there until U17s. How…

Powering on: Cillian Gallagher on the attack v Wales at the U20 World Cup.  (Photo: Getty Images)

When did you start playing rugby? In my first year of secondary school, at Summerhill College in Sligo, when I was 13. I joined Sligo rugby club after that as…

On the ball: Dillon Lewis takes on the French in the 2016 U20 Six Nations. (Photo: Huw Evans Agency)

How did you get into rugby? My father, Tony, took me to Pontypridd minis when I was eight. He was a huge influence and coached my team until I was…