The award was introduced after the retirement of the great Willie John McBride back in 1980. One of his last games was against Arklow RFC and afterwards he presented his boots as a memento, hence the wording of the prestigious annual IRFU award.
Mick Grealish from OLBC RFC is the first Connacht recipient of the Mr. Boots honour since incoming Connacht Branch President Adrian Leddy won the award in 2011.
Mick has been involved in rugby in Galway as a player, coach or mentor for over 50 years. He has had a selfless dedication to Our Lady's Boys Club, working tirelessly to make facilities and opportunities available to everyone interested in rugby in the city.
Following Saturday's bonus point win over La Rochelle in the European Challenge Cup, the Connacht squad returned to the Sportsground today to prepare for their round 2 trip to Exeter Chiefs next weekend.
As he reflected on his first European victory as Munster head coach, Anthony Foley discussed the crucial contribution of Ian Keatley and the calm and measured changes that saw his side emerge as a different force for the second 40 minutes against Sale Sharks.
Leinster got the job done in the second half, coming from 12 points down to defeat Wasps and go straight to the top of European Champions Cup Pool 2. Check out some photos from Sunday's game at the RDS.