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Mayo AC were represented by four athletes in the Athletics Ireland National 10 mile championships held in the Phoenix Park on Saturday morning July 13. The 10 mile race was third in the 2019 Irish Runner Series, all of which are Athletics Ireland championships – and which included the 5k in May and five mile in June.
For most people, retirement brings thoughts of putting one’s feet up and forgetting the stresses and strains of work. Not so retired rugby player Damian Browne. Since hanging up his boots four years ago the Galwayman has taken on a series of extreme endurance challenges that make the bruising world of professional rugby seem like a walk in the park.
Connacht coach Andy Friend believes his team have what it takes to make the Champions Cup after watching them destroy a hapless Dragons side on Saturday. James Cannon and Colby Fainga’a scored their first tries for the province in a 33-12 bonus point win that carried them up to fifth in the Pro14 Conference A table. Seven Pro14 teams qualify for the Champions Cup and Friend reckons his squad can kick on and grab one of the spots. They are certainly benefiting from the impact of Australian imports David Horwitz and Fainga’a and optimism currently abounds.
Connacht can expect a real battle of mind and body when they face an improving Worcester in Saturday's Challenge Cup fixture at Sixways (3pm). This is a real opportunity for Connacht to nail down a European home quarter-final. But to do so they must overcome a Worcester side that is enjoying something of a resurgence since the wily Alan Solomons took over the reins recently.
Connacht can expect a real battle of mind and body when they face an improving Worcester in Saturday's Challenge Cup fixture at Sixways (3pm).
Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt will be the special guest at a dinner hosted by former Connacht Rugby star Damian Browne to raise funds for his Atlantic Challenge chosen charities.
An innate adventurous streak has taken Galway’s Damian Browne from the rugby fields of Ireland and France, to the mountains of Afghanistan and Peru, and now, hopefully, across the Atlantic as a solo oarsman.
Pat Lam, the former Connacht Rugby coach is the man who taught Connacht Rugby how to turn dreams into reality - the Pro 12 trophy is the most tangible evidence. Every coach wants to make that difference, to achieve success on the pitch. Lam has fulfilled that brief, and ultimately has left Connacht Rugby in a better place.
The Pat Lam era of success at Connacht Rugby ended at the weekend with a 21-15 defeat to Northampton in the play-off for Champions Cup rugby next season.
Connacht have a real opportunity to pull off a season-saving performance in Saturday's crunch Champions Cup play-off against Northampton in England.