Having spent two years at the University of Wolverhampton studying Sports Science, Robbie spent the following two years travelling Australia before returning home and completing his sports massage course at home in Athlone IT. On completing this course he worked for the Galway senior footballers before joining Connacht. He also works in Action Physio in Athlone.
When did you join Connacht?
I started at the end of 09/10 season and my first game was the Challenge Cup semi-final v Toulon.
What do you do?
I look after all the soft tissue massage work for the senior squad. This includes sessions during the week at the Sportsground and all the games during the season.
What's a typical day like?
My duties vary. On weekdays our aim is to help the players to recover, maintain flexibility and keep them supple to help prevent injury. Days are always very busy. On home match-days, I generally arrive four hours before the game. It's an exciting time and pretty hectic getting the boys ready for the game ahead. Away games involve massage on the evening before and following morning in the hotel.
What is the best part of your job?
The interaction with the players and staff. Massage beds are a great place to hear all the craic and banter from the boys. There is plenty to keep you amused every week. It's a very rewarding job to be working with a professional outfit like Connacht and a great bunch of people.
Most memorable match?
Beating Harlequins in the Heineken Cup in January 2012, against all the odds.