TAGS: Connacht Green machine: Ciaran Gaffney on his way to a try. (Photo: Inpho) RW Verdict: His second U20 World Championship didn’t go as well as his first, as Ireland slipped from fourth to seventh. But this wing/full-back has a very bright future, being quick, strong and excellent under the high ball.First published in the August 2015 edition of Rugby World magazine. When did you start playing rugby?My dad, John, is a coach at Galwegians and I used to go to training with him every Saturday. He convinced me to join in with the U6s when I was four. I remember being a bit scared, butI loved it and did it every week.Have you played in different positions?I was an out-half until the Ireland Schools U18 coach Noel McNamara advised I move back to centre/wing and I suggested it to Nigel Carolan at Connacht Academy.Who has had a big influence on you?Nigel at Connacht, Ambrose Conboy at school and Ian O’Brien, who coached me all the way through the age groups with Galwegians. He was the father of last year’s Ireland U20 captain Sean O’Brien, but sadly he died a couple of years ago.When did you join Connacht?I was in the development squad from the U15s and when I left school I joined the sub academy, then the full academy last season. I still play for Galwegians when I can though.What involvement have you had with Ireland?I played the FIRA U18 tournament, then Ireland U19, then last year’s U20 World Cup a year young. It is a gruelling tournament, with five games in three weeks. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Date of birth 6 May 1995. Country Ireland What are your aims for next season?I will still be on an academy contract but I would love to progress into the senior squad at Connacht. There could be opportunities with the World Cup happening.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Monday, Southern Utah football center Zach Larsen was named as a 2018 Walter Camp FCS All-American for his heroics during the Thunderbirds’ 2018 season.This is Larsen’s second postseason honor as he was named to the All-Big Sky Conference first team offense in November.Larsen will enter his senior campaign in 2019 and will be looked to for leadership by head coach Demario Warren. December 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU Football’s Zach Larsen Named As Walter Camp All-American Written by Tags: Big Sky Conference/SUU Football/Walter Camp FCS All-American/Zach Larsen Brad James