Eoin McKeon rugby player
Eoin McKeon rugby player

Eoin McKeon

23rd Jun 1991 1.88m/101kg Openside Flanker

A former student of Colaiste Organic, one of the shining stars of Connacht's ever-improving academy, Eoin McKeon has become one of the countries brightest young back rows. His impressive performances for Connacht’s under 20 side were gaining rave reviews and he was eventually given his Connacht debut against Scarlets in 2010.

Since then, McKeon has improved with each passing game and was part of the Connacht side which defeated Samoa in 2010. McKeon also played a part in Connacht’s maiden Heineken Cup campaign. After becoming a vital senior member of the Connacht squad, the versatile back rower has been named in the Irish Wolfhounds team to take on the English Saxons in January 2015.

The 25-year-old Galwegian has spent eight seasons as part of the senior ranks in the Sportsground, and after winning his first piece of professional silverware when they claimed the Pro12 title last season. McKeon suffered two big injuries last season: a Grade 3 ligament tear in his elbow, and a hip-pointer problem kept him out of action for an extended period.

The versatile back-row has played 14 times for Connacht in 2016-17, and his solitary try came in their 32-11 defeat against Ospreys in Round 2 of the Pro12 at the Sportsground. McKeon has featured in 20 of Connacht’s 26 games this season, starting in the back row for 14 of those games and touching down for tries against Ospreys and Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO12.

In April 2017, Connacht announced that McKeon had signed on with the club for the 2017/18 season and beyond.

After 127 appearances for Connacht, McKeon was handed a new deal with the club.

(LS May 30, 2019)

Career

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2009 - present
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2015 - present