Thursday 17 August 2017

Elwood slams lack of support

Connacht coach Eric Elwood has called on the people of Galway and the province to get out and support his side on Saturday when they take on Ulster.

Elwood said Connacht were disappointed that barely 1,300 people turned up for the opening game of the season, when the westerners scored a 40-17 win over the Dragons.

He also said that he cannot fathom why sportspeople in the west do not get behind their teams.

"We were disappointed only 1,300 turned up for the first game on what was a perfect evening to come to a game," he said. "We played some great rugby.

"I don't know, it is a dilemma for sport in Galway -- do people really want to go out and support their teams, whether it's Galway United, Mervue United, Salthill Devon, the Galway footballers or hurlers?

"Why don't the people of Galway and Connacht support their teams?"

The coach also said he couldn't understand why crowds don't turn out for a derby tie against Ulster.

"Everyone comes to the Leinster and Munster games but if you look at it over the past few years, Ulster are our biggest competitors," said Elwood.

"And yet people don't support the Ulster fixture as they do the Leinster and Munster games. Maybe they do not see it as the glamour fixture, but to us it is everything."

Irish Independent

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