The new regional rugby structures in Connacht are up and running and what is effectively the Mayo under 17 squad have been assembled and are in full training camp mode. The province has been split into four regions for a tournament that will include a total of eight games for each of the four teams.
Thanks to their sponsors Togher Tyres, the West Connacht team management led by Chris Davies who has been at the helm in St Geralds Castlebar and is the new head coach at Westport RFC this season, have organised a tour to west Wales to take on the highly rated Llanelli RFC under 17 side on Wednesday August 21st.
The team are under the banner West Connacht and incorporate all Mayo clubs and schools. They have been training since early August giving some of the up and coming under 17 players from the province and opportunity to gain access to coaching much earlier in the season than ever before.
Caption: West Connacht region captain Tim Costigan from Westport, with sponsor Joe Togher from Togher Tyres and Chis Davies, Head Coach.
The other three regions are North Connacht taking in Schools and clubs in Leitrim, Sligo and north Roscommon. South Connacht focusing on Galway City and a large part of the county and finally East Connacht based in Athlone and taking in south Roscommon and Ballinasloe.
West Connacht Under 17 Squad (play Llanelli Under 17s in west Wales on Tuesday August 20th) Daniel Molloy, Ronan Molloy, Niall Keane, Aaron Hannon, Oisin Loughey, Jason Walsh, Owne Harrison, Fergus Quinn, John Reuynolds, Michael Cribben (all Ballina). Matthew Burke, Daniel Keane, Killian Walsh, Cathal Cronin, Jack O’Toole, Sean Collins (all Ballinrobe). Dylan Cannon, Conor Carter, Robert Hughes, Patrick Corless, Eoin Togher, Paul Walsh, Morgan Whitley, Ultan McDyer, Sean Tonra, Cormac, Walsh, Tommy Keane, Kevin Sweeney, Jack Heavey (all Castlebar). Aaron Ronanyne (Claremorris). Tim Costigan, Jim McNicholas, Paul Prendergast, Ross prendergast, Conor Madden, Brian McCormick, Liam McNaulty, Kieron Harrignton, Steve Staunton, Tim Castigan and Sean Ryder (all Westport).