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.
Connacht will be aiming to keep up their proud home record against Welsh regions - they have only lost to the Ospreys in the last three seasons - when they host the play-off-chasing Scarlets at the Sportsground tonight.
Ulster's round 21 clash with the Ospreys promises to be a dramatic affair at the Liberty Stadium, with both sides aware that victory in the fixture will represent a huge step forward in their bid to reach the GUINNESS PRO12 semi-finals.