How long have you been at Connacht?

Since I was a young lad playing U15s. I did a trial and joined after that.

Who has been a big influence on your career?

Jimmy Duffy. He coached me for two years of U18s. His breakdown work is particularly good and he’s always given good advice. I’ve played in the U19 and U20 teams since then.

When did you first play?

When I was five. My rugby-mad dad took me to my local club, Galwegians.

Always been a forward? 

I played out-half until I was 12 and was a No 8 at school. Now I’m a second- or back-row. I don’t mind which; their roles are becoming quite similar.

Who do you look up to?

Paul O’Connell. He’s the one you aspire to play like.

What are your goals?

To win the JWC and get into the senior Connacht squad.

You’re U20s captain. Is that a role you enjoy? 

Yes, I’ve captained other teams too. I prefer being captain to not; it makes me perform better.

RW verdict: Two Sean O’Briens in Ireland’s back row would be confusing, but this leader won’t stop at U20s.

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