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Saturday 18 November 2017

Mayo trip was crucial - Muldoon

John Muldoon (SPORTSFILE)
John Muldoon (SPORTSFILE)

Daragh Small

John Muldoon reckons last week's trip to Westport was an invaluable outing for the province as they continue to reach out to the wider Connacht community.

The team immersed themselves in the area for the three-day trip, stayed at the Clew Bay Hotel and visited Rice College as part of their trip, as well as taking a number of training sessions and team bonding exercises.

Connacht are top of the Pro12 with five games remaining ahead of the play-offs, and a win over Leinster in this weekend's crucial inter-provincial derby could set them up for a place in the final four.

Pat Lam's men have won 12 of their 17 outings in the league and are the top try-scorers with 49, and seven try-bonus point victories.

It has been a season of unprecedented success at the Sportsground and skipper Muldoon says it's fundamental that Connacht Rugby keep in touch with the fans.

"When you speak to supporters and you speak to people who maybe aren't that long coming to the Sportsground," he said.

"A lot of them sight that these trips make a huge difference in it. 

"We have been to Carrick-on-Shannon, we have been to Connemara, Galway, Roscommon, we have been all over the place.

"And to come to Westport I'm sure it gives the people of Westport something to cling onto. A purpose of who we are and what we are about. 

"At the end of the day we are looking for young fellas to get out and play sport, and no matter what sport that is we are happy.

"If they want to play rugby it's even better. If they want to come to the Sportsground it's even better for us," he said. 

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