Wednesday 26 April 2017

Eddie the Eagle has wings clipped by flying tackle

Connacht mascot Eddie the Eagle
Connacht mascot Eddie the Eagle

Brian McDonald

EDDIE the Eagle, the much-loved mascot of Connacht Rugby, ended up on the injured list himself during last Friday's Magners League clash against Glasgow Warriors in Galway.

Eddie was up to his usual antics as he patrolled the perimeter of the pitch at the Sportsground, urging on the home supporters.

It was one of his better nights as Connacht romped to a 37-8 win over the Warriors.

But it all became too much for some Glasgow supporters who had travelled to Galway. Dressed in kilts and keeping the bar staff busy throughout the evening, they became more raucous as their side turned in a dismal display.

They repeatedly chanted "Catch the Pigeon" as Eddie milked the occasion for all it was worth.

Finally, one of the Glasgow supporters snapped and he scaled the perimeter fence before lunging at the mascot. He knocked a shocked Eddie to the ground and, to the cheers of the kilted visitors, grappled good-naturedly with him.

The over-exuberance came at a price, however, as Eddie ended up with a dislocated shoulder.

Undeterred, he is battling back to fitness and is determined to make Connacht's next game in the Sportsground.

A spokesman for Connacht Rugby said: "It wasn't intentional, but we take a dim view of people entering the pitch."

Irish Independent

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