Former Limerick minor hurler makes European debut for Connacht

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Former Limerick minor hurler makes European debut for Connacht

Conor Fitzgerald in action for Connacht on his European Challenge Cup debut against Bordeaux Begles at the Sportsground this Saturday

FORMER Limerick minor hurler Conor Fitzgerald made his European Challenge Cup in Connacht’s victory over French side Bordeaux Begles at the Sportsground.

Out-half Fitzgerald was sprung from the replacements’ bench by Connacht head coach Andy Friend in the 68th minute as the Irish province scored a deserved 22-10 success.

Twenty one-year-old Fitzgerald was a talented under-age hurler with Limerick and played in the 2014 All-Ireland minor hurling decider against Kilkenny at Croke Park.

Fitzgerald, who played a starring role in Shannon’s promotion to Division 1A of the All-Ireland League for this season, was released from the Munster Academy programme at the end of last season.

The talented footballer has since joined the Connacht Academy and was one of two players from their Academy included in the matchday squad to face Bordeaux Begles.

Conor is a younger brother of Munster player Stephen Fitzgerald and impressed in the Munster Schools Senior Cup during his time at Ardscoil Ris. 

Conor Fitzgerald made his senior Munster debut in preseason against Zebre in August 2016.

Fitzgerald has also played for both Munster and Ireland at U19 and U20 level, including featuring against New Zealand at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia.

He made his British and Irish Cup debut for Munster A against Nottingham Rugby in October 2017.