Six Connacht Academy Players Sign Professional Contracts

first_imgConnacht Rugby have confirmed that six players have signed professional contracts with the province having come through the Connacht Academy. Niall Murray, Colm Reilly, Seán Masterson, Conor Dean, Jordan Duggan and Peter Sullivan will all be integrated into the professional squad ahead of the new season. Niall Murray has come through the Connacht grassroots system having played for Buccaneers RFC. The lock made his professional debut in December – coming off the bench in the victory over Gloucester in the Heineken Champions Cup – before his first start against Leinster during the Christmas interpros. Murray was also a member of the Ireland U20s squad for the 2019 Six Nations and World Championships. Colm Reilly is another product of the Connacht clubs. The scrum-half has represented Ballinasloe RFC and won a Top Oil Connacht Senior Schools Cup with Garbally College. He also featured for the Ireland U20s team of 2019, scoring the crucial Grand Slam-winning try in the final game away to Wales. Like Murray, Seán Masterson also has experience in the professional squad. The back-rower made his debut in the Guinness PRO14 victory over Treviso, replacing his brother Eoghan. The 22-year-old then featured during the Christmas interpros, coming off the bench against Leinster. Out-half Conor Dean has already been capped for Connacht, starting in Thomond Park against Munster in the final game of the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 regular season. He also impressed for the Connacht Eagles in the most recent Celtic Cup campaign when the squad won 5 of their 7 games. Prop Jordan Duggan has been capped at Ireland U19 and U20 level, and played for Ireland at the U20 World Championship which also featured Connacht teammates Paul Boyle, Seán Masterson, Oisin Dowling and Conor Dean. Peter Sullivan joined the Connacht Academy last season having impressed in the Energia All-Ireland League. The winger also stood out for the Connacht Eagles in the 2019/20 Celtic Cup campaign. Head Coach Andy Friend says today’s announcement confirms the belief the coaching staff have in the Connacht Academy system. “We are delighted to confirm today’s news as we build for the future. I am a firm believer that a club’s lifeline is its Academy structure, and this exciting group of young players proves that the Connacht Academy is extremely healthy, and will continue to have a positive impact on our squad going forward”. I would like to say congratulations to the six men named, as well as a special thank you to all the people who have helped them get to their point of their careers – particularly the Academy department led by Eric Elwood, their respective clubs and schools, and most importantly their family and friends”. Connacht Academy Manager Eric Elwood says today is a proud day for the players. “I would like to congratulate the six players on their first professional contracts and joining up with the pro squad for next season. It has been a pleasure to watch the players develop and grow over the years and we wish them well on the next step of their journey in their rugby careers. It’s particularly pleasing to see two more local lads come through the grassroots programme, which is a testament to the great work being done at all levels at Connacht Rugby.” print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Southland Softball: Feb. 14 Scoreboard

first_imgMcNeese State bounced back from a 5-4 loss to Tulsa to knock off No. 8 Texas A&M 4-2 Friday evening on day one of the Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas. The Cowgirls were led by Alanna Divittorio who finished one-for-two with a double, two RBI and a run scored. In other softball action, Central Arkansas defeated Valparaiso, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat New Mexico State and Sam Houston State beat league foe Stephen F. Austin 7-2 in non-conference game in the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic.Tulsa 5, McNeese State 4McNeese State 4, No. 8 Texas A&M 2COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The McNeese State softball team took down one of collegiate softball’s giants Friday as the Cowgirls picked up a 4-2 to win over No. 8 Texas A&M and handed the Aggies their first loss of the season. | MCN RecapCentral Arkansas 4, Valparaiso 3Boston College 6, Central Arkansas 0LAFAYETTE, La. – The Central Arkansas softball team opened their run in the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun Invitational with a pair of games on Friday, facing off against Boston College at 9:00 a.m. this morning before battling Valparaiso this afternoon at 3:00. Central Arkansas was unable to get on the board against BC, falling 6-0 to the Golden Eagles, but rebounded in spectacular fashion, taking down Valpo 4-3 with a walk-off home run. | UCA RecapNorthern Colorado 8, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5, New Mexico State 0LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi softball team fell to Northern Colorado 8-3, but bounced back in the second game to win 5-0 over New Mexico State on Friday at the Troy Cox Classic at NMSU Softball Complex. Dani Tefft went a combined 4-for-6 to ignite the Islanders’ offense today. | A&M-Corpus Christi RecapSam Houston State 7, Stephen F. Austin 2Houston 11, Sam Houston State 5HOUSTON, Texas – Center fielder Tayler Gray blasted two home runs and right fielder Cecilia Castillo and pinch hitter Hillary Adams each added another to power Sam Houston to a 7-2 victory over Stephen F. Austin Friday morning. | SHSU RecapSam Houston State 7, Stephen F. Austin 2Stephen F. Austin 7, Army 1HOUSTON, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin softball team notched its first win of the season on Friday, and it was a big one. The Ladyjacks took down Army by the score of 7-1 thanks to an impressive showing on the rubber by Carlie Thomas and a stellar day at the plate by first baseman Shalie Day. | SFA RecapUIW 8, Oklahoma Wesleyan 5Texas Wesleyan 5, UIW 3UIW 4, Baker 3FORT WORTH, Texas – The University of the Incarnate Word softball team opened the Cowtown Tournament by going 2-1 on Friday at Gateway Park. The Cardinals defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan, 8-5, lost to Texas Wesleyan, 5-3 and defeated Baker, 4-3. | UIW RecapNorthern Iowa 4, Nicholls 3North Texas 8, Nicholls 4DENTON, Texas – Nicholls softball team opened play in the Lovelace Invitational Friday and was defeated in both games, falling 4-3 to Northern Iowa in extra innings before suffering a 8-4 loss to host North Texas. | NICH RecapNorthwestern State 9, Mississippi Valley State 0NATCHITOCHES, La. – Home runs from Micayla Sorosiak and Natalie Landry aided the Northwestern State softball team in a 9-0 (5 inn.) victory over Mississippi Valley State Friday night in its home opener at the Lady Demon Softball Complex. | NSU RecapSoutheast Missouri State 9, Houston Baptist 7MONROE, La. – Southeast Missouri State scored all nine of its runs in the final three innings to defeat HBU softball, 9-7, to begin the Mardi Gras Classic Friday afternoon from ULM Softball Complex. | HBU RecapOklahoma Christian 7, Abilene Christian 1ABILENE, Texas – Abilene Christian softball ripped six base hits and drew five walks, but left nine runners on base in falling 7-1 to Oklahoma Christian Friday night at Poly Wells Field. | ACU Recaplast_img read more

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Houston Baptist takes on Texas A&M in NCAA Tournament

first_imgHBU and Texas A&M have only met the one time, back in 2008, when the Aggies defeated the Huskies, 6-2, in College Station. HBU led the Aggies 2-1 with 24 minutes left in the match. HBU is 10-6-5 overall and won its first Southland Conference championship. Texas A&M is 18-2-2 and won the SEC Tournament. As of right now, the match is scheduled for Friday at 7 pm from Ellis Field in College Station, Texas. Check back on HBUHuskies.com for any scheduling changes.center_img HOUSTON, Texas – The Baugh Cafeteria on the campus of Houston Baptest went wild when the name Houston Baptist University was shown on the screen. The Huskies learned their postseason fate, as they will face No. 1 overall seed Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

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