Clifden’s Oisin Hefferan’s rugby career continues to blossom in England where he has moved from Nottingham to join premiership side Northampton Saints. The 25-years-old prop had made 44 appearances for the Nottingham side during his two years since moving to England from Leinster in 2018.
Heffernan, who came through the Leinster schools system like many Connacht students attending Cistercian College Roscrea, played 20 games with Nigel Carolan’s Ireland U20s, alongside fellow Roscrea students Sean O’Brien and Ciaran Gaffney. He was also on the team that finished runners-up at the U20 World Cup, which featured many familiar names such as Connacht’s Stephen Kerins, Leinster’s James Ryan, Hugo Keenan, Andrew Porter, and Max Deegan, and Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale.
Heffernan’s move to the Saints, who currently are fifth in the table, is his first opportunity to play in the English premiership.
Galway’s Shauna Healy has been shortlisted for the Camogie Association’s Senior Player of the Year award.
The 28-years-old Ardrahan cornerback is one of three nominated for the Senior award which will be announced at this year’s virtual 2020 Camogie All-Stars Awards, sponsored by Liberty Insurance, on Saturday March 6. The other two nominees are Denise Gaule (Kilkenny ) and Grace Walsh (Kilkenny ).
Due to the shortened nature of the 2020 championships there will be no nominees lists released for this year’s awards, with the winning teams announced on the night of the awards.The Senior All-Stars team will be selected from the top performers in the 2020 Liberty Insurance, while Voting for the Players’ Player of the Year Awards is now underway and the overall winners will be announced on the night of these 17th annual Camogie All-Stars Awards.
WGPA’s Maria Kinsella says the 2020 season will always be remembered.
“Summer championship days were swapped for winter battles as families, friends, clubs, communities and supporters watched from home. But what didn’t change was the players’ ability to enthrall and excite. Unfortunately we cannot be with you to celebrate this year, but we are delighted to partner with the Camogie Association and Liberty Insurance to pay tribute to your outstanding individual performances.”