Wednesday 13 December 2017

Lam's theory has dripped down to clubs

Connacht coach Pat Lam. Photo: Sportsfile
Connacht coach Pat Lam. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny O'Connor

I have been helping out a bit with Corinthians and Galwegians recently, and it's so refreshing to watch these guys train - they're playing great rugby, writes Johnny O'Connor.

For anyone that doesn't go out and watch the Ulster Bank League matches, I strongly suggest they do. If these Galway sides are anything to go by, the league must be a brilliant advert for Irish rugby.

But not just that, it says so much about the health of Connacht rugby, and how Pat Lam's philosophy and southern hemisphere influence has filtered down all the way to the grassroots level.

Club rugby has suffered a lot since the introduction of professionalism, but it still provides a major outlet for fringe players on the provincial sides.

Aspiring Connacht players are playing for teams like Corinthians, Galwegians, Buccaneers, and Sligo and they are forging a path for themselves into the professional ranks.

The brilliant heads-up style of rugby is a constant across the board in Connacht these days, and with the club players playing like that it means that style is here to stay.

Lam talks about leaving a legacy in Connacht, and winning the Pro12 was obviously a major part of that, but getting the club sides to play like this could be more important.

Irish Independent

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