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Prolific former Ireland U20 wing Sullivan earns trial with Connacht

The 21-year-old scored 15 tries for Lansdowne in Division 1A of the AIL last season.

LANSDOWNE’S PROLIFIC WING Peter Sullivan has linked up with Andy Friend’s Connacht on a trial basis following his exploits in the All-Ireland League last season.

Former Ireland U20 international Sullivan scored 15 tries for Lansdowne in their 2018/19 campaign in Division 1A of the AIL, helping them into the semi-finals and underlining his rich potential.

Peter Sullivan scores his second try Sullivan was lethal for Lansdowne last season. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

The 21-year-old also made his debut for the Ireland 7s team in May in London, then scored four tries at the Paris 7s a week later.

Sullivan’s impressive form convinced Connacht to invite the former St. Andrew’s College student to join them on a trial basis during this pre-season and into the 2019/20 campaign.

The 6ft 2ins wing is likely to feature for the western province in the Celtic Cup – which starts later this month – and will hope to earn a permanent contract by picking up where he left off last season.

Sullivan played for the Ireland U20s in the 2018 Six Nations, starting the opening two games before a knee injury ended his campaign and saw him miss out on being selected for the World Rugby U20 Championship.

However, further injuries in the Ireland squad did see Sullivan receive a late call-up to that tournament but he re-injured his knee and was forced to return home from France soon after arriving.

Peter Sullivan Sullivan in action for the Ireland U20s. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Having missed out on a place in Leinster’s academy last season and after dropping out of the province’s sub-academy programme, Sullivan did manage to return to full fitness at the start of the AIL campaign and soon began to shine for Lansdowne.

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Capped by Leinster through the underage grades, as well as impressing for Ireland at U19 level with a hat-trick against Japan in 2017, Sullivan remains an excellent prospect.

His impressive form for Lansdowne has now helped to earn him a shot with Connacht, where he will hope to do enough to secure a professional contract.

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