Conor Kearns (2011) Captains Oxford in Colours Game

Conor Kearns(2011) has been selected to Captain the Oxford Rugby team to play Cambridge in the annual Colours Game which will be played in Twickenham on Thursday December 5th. Apart from an International Rugby game, the Colours game is next in line importance in English rugby. Twickenham will be thronged for the game.

This is a huge honour for Conor and indeed for Glenstal where Conor always set the highest of standards on the various rugby teams he played on here from 1st to 6th Year.

There will be a large contingent of Glenstal Old Boys, led by Glenstal classmate and former SCT Captain Dan Healy, travelling over for the game and Fr.William will represent the School.

Conor is the latest in a line of Glenstal Abbey students to make the short trip over the Irish Sea and don the Dark Blue shirt of Oxford where, alongside his rugby, he is reading for a Masters in Pharmacology having studied Molecular Medicine and Immunology at TCD. “Kearnsy” as he was affectionately know in Glenstal and ‘Father Kearns’, as he was also known at TCD, boasts an impressive rugby CV, representing Glenstal Abbey School, TCD 1st XV and earning a ‘Pink’ (the highest sporting accolade that Trinity has to offer), Munster U19s, U20s and A side, and USA U20s and the Collegiate All Americans. He has wasted no time in backing this CV up with a stellar Man of the Match performance against La Seyne and Toulon, despite wearing a slightly unfamiliar No12 shirt.

Conor’s brother Robbie(2016) is an accomplished Show Jumper and has won various prizes at European competitions. Like Conor, Robbie also performed at various Battle of the Bands in Glenstal.

However, it is not only on the pitch where Conor has been impressive, as he also played starring roles in various Battle of the Bands during his time in Glenstal and also the critically acclaimed OURFC boyband, passionately performing and choreographing hits such as Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ at the Americas Cup no less.  Conor has firmly secured himself in the memory of Glenstal rugby and will undoubtedly play a big role for Oxford in the season to come… both on and off the pitch!

Best of luck Conor and congratulations from all of us at Glenstal Abbey School.