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.
With Munster winning every competitive game during the international window, and playing some excellent rugby in the process, their director of rugby Rassie Erasmus now has some tough selection choices to make as all internationals return to the provincial fold for Saturday's European clash.
Speaking to the media in Leinster HQ this week, the province's senior coach Stuart Lancaster provided an update on injuries ahead of the Champions Cup round 3 match against Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens on Friday (kick-off 7.45pm).