FORMER Tralee RFC player, Ultan Dillane, has once again featured in the national press, a testament to his rising star status in Irish rugby.
Dillane, has turned out nine times for the Connacht senior team in the last year. The performances earned him a two year contract with the province after completing his third and final year at their academy.
Speaking to the Irish Independant, the 24 year old, French-born lock discussed his some of the challenges he has faced thus far in his young career and going up against his idol, Paul O’Connell.
“Your idols are still your idols no matter what age you are. I just saw Paul with the rest of the squad when they trained in Connacht for that week” said Dillane.
“We got to do lineouts and units against them. It was just surreal to see the standard that they have, the pace they have in the lineouts, and their scrum-work.”
Despite the progress he has made, the Ballydunlea lad, is under no illusions how difficult it will be to nail down a starting place with Connacht.
“Competition is huge, it is big in the back-row but it is massive in the second-row. There are six of us this season, all in good form and we do drive up the standards.”
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