Ever-popular Galway superback Eoin Griffin is just a few short years out of inner-city rugby stronghold Colaiste Iognaid.

Griffin won a Supermacs Connacht Schools Senior Cup somewhere between whiskers and a breaking voice, and despite several showings on Europe’s foremost rugby grounds Griffin recalls his time playing college rugby as among his fondest.

He’s not alone.

Rugby professionals the world over be they All Blacks, Wallabies, Springboks or those in Connacht colours, take much pride in rattling off their rugby pedigree. Foremost in many of their hearts is the First XV. And regardless of how many years service to first class football, how many clubs played for (and beaten), and how many finals or high-profile coaches feature, the vast majority only have one First XV.

It’s theirs, will always be theirs, and for hundreds of rugby fans around the world it’s the most-enduring rugby connection between amateur enthusiasts and battle-hardened professionals.

Hear Eoin Griffin’s thoughts on where it all started… (Friday May 18, 12pm)

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