Sport Connacht Rugby

Thursday 18 January 2018

Province hosts excellence camps

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Ronan O'Brien

Connacht Rugby will be holding excellence camps in five locations across the province this summer with young players aged between 13 and 16 getting the opportunity to learn and improve from high-class coaching in a professional environment.

Players attending will gain greater understanding of the game and learn about values such as team work, commitment, integrity and communication.

Emphasis will be placed on skill development, game understanding, positional expertise, conditioning, and enjoyment. In particular, players will develop core rugby skills and learn to perform them under challenging conditions thanks to Connacht Rugby's fully qualified professional coaches.

Camps cater for players who are aged from 13 to 16 years of age and take place in Carrick-on-Shannon RFC, Castlebar RFC, Westport RFC, NUIG RFC, and Loughrea RFC.

See the Connacht Rugby Club and Community website for full details and to book your place.

Meanwhile, Connacht will be represented by Corinthians RFC forward Sean Masterson at the World Rugby U-20 Championship in Georgia. Masterson, a native of Portlaoise, is a member of the Connacht academy and is the brother of senior squad member Eoghan.

Masterson's fellow academy player, Cillian Gallagher, would also have been included in the squad, but he has been sidelined of late due to injury. Gallagher played in last summer's tournament, where the Nigel Carolan-coached side reached the final for the first time only to lose out to England at the last hurdle.

Gallagher was named as U-20 captain in February, but a shoulder injury has sidelined him since.

Irish Independent

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