Wednesday 28 September 2016

Lam session gives St Paul's pupils 'an experience we'll never forget'

Published 26/02/2016 | 02:30

Pat Lam with St Paul's Oughterard pupils (INPHO)
Pat Lam with St Paul's Oughterard pupils (INPHO)

Over 25 pupils of St Paul's Oughterard were welcomed guests at the Sportsground this week in the build up to Saturday's Pro12 clash with the Ospreys.

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Having entered and won a competition run by Connacht's official fuel partner and Schools Cup sponsor Top Oil, the Junior Development Cup team at St Paul's were treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of the Connacht squad and their gruelling training regime.

Led by Connacht coaches Pat Lam and Conor McPhillips, the young players were invited to sit in on the pro team's video analysis session that took a detailed look at the Welsh opposition and planned out the afternoon pitch session.

The squad then entered into a no-holds-barred training session under the watchful eye of the students, who were then given a training session of their own by the senior coaching team.

Shane Joyce, Junior Cup team captain at St Paul's said: "It was unbelievable to spend the day at the Sportsground and have a look at what it takes to be part of a professional rugby team.

"To meet all the players and to be coached by Pat Lam was such a great experience for all the team and one we'll never forget."

Ray O'Neill, rugby coach at St Paul's, added: "I would like to thank all at Connacht Rugby for a fantastic day. "The lads spent an afternoon with their rugby heroes and got a behind-the-scenes insight into life as a professional rugby player.

"I would especially like to thank Top Oil for putting together this prize and allowing us this incredible opportunity."

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