Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Kilcullen connections in Connaught Rugby

There were two Kilcullen connections on the Connaught Rugby team that lost out to Ulster at the weekend, James Connolly and Craig Ronaldson, writes Niall McDonnell, a founder member of the Old Kilcullen RFC.

James Connolly, from Naas, is Patricia McDonnell’s grandson, playing No 7 for Connaught. He represented Newbridge College on the Junior Cup team in 2008 and the Senior Cup team of 2011, when he was named Forward of the Year. He joined the Connacht Academy in 2013 and moved to Galway and he's in his third year now.

Craig Ronaldson is from Harristown, now playing fly half for Connaught. He was educated in Kilkenny College and played for Landsdowne as an amateur. He also played cricket with Halverstown CC.

Both are up and coming stars.