Tuesday 12 December 2017

Elliot misses his own Vegas stag do to sit on Ireland bench

Ireland goalkeeper Rob Elliot
Ireland goalkeeper Rob Elliot

Garry Doyle

THERE have been stories and films based around a groom failing to return from his stag do in Las Vegas.

However, Irish goalkeeper Rob Elliot has cancelled his plans to join 16 friends and the high rollers in Sin City this weekend.

Due to get married next month, the uncapped Elliot is missing his bachelor party in Vegas to instead sit on the bench for Ireland at the Aviva Stadium – a form of cold Turkey in itself.

"All the lads are heading off without me," Elliot said. "We planned the stag do more than a year ago, before I had any involvement with Ireland, and you just don't think that far ahead.

"You don't think you will get a call-up. So for me to miss the party and for my mates to head off without me – is something that I will be able to look back on and laugh.

"My mates have given me loads of stick about it – but you can't put a price on international football. You have to make sacrifices and I would never jeopardise my chance of playing for my country."

While avoiding a knees-up is a strange way of acting patriotically, Elliot's commitment to the cause is unquestionably genuine. His honeymoon too has been postponed to allow him travel to America with O'Neill's squad for the games against Costa Rica and Portugal.

"You cannot question Rob's commitment," said Martin O'Neill. "I'd have missed my own honeymoon to play an international match. I'd have delayed it by 12 years in actual fact. Now if you write that, I'm a dead man. The wife will kill me."

Elliot's wife-to-be may not go to such extremes – she is backing her fiance's decision.

Out of the four Ireland games, Elliot will only miss the game against Italy, which falls on May 31, his wedding day.

"My fiancee is okay with it all and says it's a good opportunity for me," said Elliot.

"We've delayed the honeymoon and she will meet me out in America after the final games to start from there."

Irish Independent

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