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 Rugby have confirmed head coach Leo Cullen's coaching team with the appointment of Girvan Dempsey as backs coach up until the end of the 2016/17 season. Meanwhile, Richie Murphy has accepted an offer from the IRFU of a full-time role with the Union.