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|Date of birth||4 January 1994|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (13.1 st; 183 lb)|
|Notable relative(s)||Eoin McKeon (second cousin)|
|Rugby union career|
Conor McKeon (born 23 June 1991) is a rugby union player from Ireland. He primarily plays at scrum-half, though he played as a fly-half for most of his youth career. McKeon currently plays for Irish provincial side Connacht in the Pro14 having come through the team's academy. He plays his club rugby for Buccaneers.
McKeon was born in Dublin, and grew up in Rathfarnham. He played rugby from a young age, with St Mary's, and also played hurling with Ballyboden St. Enda's. McKeon attended Gonzaga College in Ranelagh, where he chose to focus exclusively on rugby. During his time in the college, he played as a fly-half and was part of the school's team in the Leinster Senior Cup. After leaving school, McKeon joined All-Ireland League side Lansdowne. He received his third level education at NUI Galway, where he studied commerce.
Having played under-age rugby for his native Leinster, McKeon joined the academy of rival province Connacht in 2014. His second cousin Eoin was already an established part of the senior squad. Despite being part of the Connacht academy, McKeon continued to play for Dublin-based Lansdowne throughout the season, as the team qualified for the All-Ireland League final. McKeon missed the team's victory over Clontarf however, as he made his senior Connacht debut on 9 May 2015, the same day the final took place. He came off the bench against Zebre, kicking two conversions.
In his second season in the academy, McKeon joined the Athlone-based Connacht Branch club Buccaneers. He made his second appearance for the province against Zebre. Ahead of the 2016–17 season, McKeon was converted from a fly-half to a scrum-half by the Connacht coaches. Although he did not make any first team appearances during his third year in the academy, but was named the province's Academy Player of the Year, helped Buccaneers earn promotion to the top flight of the AIL and earned a senior contract for the following season.
McKeon has represented Ireland internationally at under-age level. His performances for Gonzaga saw him called up to the Ireland schools team for the European Under-18 Championship in 2012, where he was starting out-half of the side that finished as runners-up in the competition. The following year, he was part of the under-19 team. McKeon was part of Mike Ruddock's Ireland under-20 team for the 2014 Six Nations Under 20s Championship. He made appearances in all five of the team's games in the tournament, scoring one penalty against France. McKeon was also named in the squad for Junior World Championship later that year. He was kept out of the starting side by Ross Byrne but appeared from the bench in all five of Ireland's games, scoring eight points, as the team finished fourth.
NUI Galway became Connacht's Academy and University partner in 2013, and since then 19 Connacht players have graduated, or are about to graduate, from NUI Galway including current senior squad members Denis Buckley, Eoin Griffin, Eoin McKeon, Andrew Browne, Dave Heffernan, Jack Carty, Darragh Leader, Eoghan Masterson, Seán O'Brien and Conor McKeon.