Connacht Rugby is famous for producing top-class homegrown talent and that is the case again this week as a young Ballina man is promoted to the senior squad after coming thorugh the province’s academy system.
Dave Heffernan joined the Connacht Academy in 2011 and after two years under the guidance of Nigel Carolan, he now progresses to the senior set up on a development contract. Ballina-born Heffernan went to school in Blackrock College before playing with Connacht at U19 and U20 level. He then went on to represent the Ireland U20s, playing against France in the 2011 U20 RBS 6 Nations.
Heffernan, who plays his club rugby with Buccaneers, has featured predominantly for the Connacht Eagles this season. His first senior cap came last year when, at aged 21, he was named to start against the Scarlets.
While the Mayo native started his rugby career as a back rower, he has, this season, begun the transformation into hooker. He started in the number two jersey just last week in the interpro ‘A’ fixture between the Connacht Eagles and the Ulster Ravens.
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