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.
Leinster chalked up their second successive win under new head coach Leo Cullen when they hosted English Championship outfit Moseley at Donnybrook on Friday night. Check out our photos from the pre-season friendly.
Two-try hero Andrew Conway was in eye-catching form as Munster returned to winning ways against London Irish - just a week before they open the GUINNESS PRO12 at home to Benetton Treviso. Check out some photos from Friday's pre-season friendly at Irish Independent Park.