Connacht Academy squad named for 2022/23 season

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Connacht Rugby have announced that a 13 man squad has been named for this seaon’s Connacht Academy so far.

There are six Year 1 additions, including U20 Six Nations winner Matthew Devine and his brother John, both of whom came through the ranks at Garbally College and Ballinasloe RFC.

Also included is Ballina RFC’s Harry West and a trio of Ireland U20 Six Nations winners – Daniel Hawkshaw (brother of new Pro arrival David Hawkshaw), Oisin Michel and Leitrim native Shane Mallon.

Moving up to Year 2 are Sligo’s Hubert Gilvarry, Buccaneers RFC duo Will Reilly and Josh O’Connor, and prop Bart Vermeulen.

Completing the squad so far are Year 3 players Eoin de Buitléar from An Cheathrú Rua, Sligo native Donnacha Byrne, and prop Charlie Ward.

Connacht Rugby has said that further players may be added to the Academy squad as the year progresses.

Year 1
Matthew Devine – Scrum-Half
John Devine – Centre
Daniel Hawkshaw – Centre
Shane Mallon – Centre
Oisin Michel – Prop
Harry West – Out-Half

Year 2
Hubert Gilvarry – Scrum-Half
Josh O’Connor – Back Three
Will Reilly – Scrum-Half
Bart Vermeulen – Prop

Year 3
Eoin de Buitléar – Hooker
Donnacha Byrne – Back Row
Charlie Ward – Prop