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Ireland international centre Robbie Henshaw is back with Connacht for this evening's Challenge Cup quarter-final fixture with English premiership favourites Gloucester.
Ireland international centre Robbie Henshaw is back with Connacht for tomorrow evening's Challenge Cup quarter-final fixture with English premiership favourites Gloucester.
It looked like it was going to be a big year for Jason Gibbons on the inter-county scene in the early months of the year. The Ballintubber midfielder had taken his chance in the middle of the park for Mayo and looked to have nailed down a starting spot for the team for the rest of the year. Then disaster struck when he injured his ankle in training in May ruling him out for a long period of time. It was hard to come back from, he admitted to the Mayo Advertiser. “I suppose it was disappointing, when it happened I heard the snap and I knew I was in serious bother. Look it the medical team did all they could, but it took me longer than I thought. I was hoping to get back for Roscommon but I didn’t. I suppose I never really got going again with the county as I’d have liked.” He continued: “When your sitting on the sideline and you’ve had what was a good league and it’s all been taken away from you and you know the competition is very fierce on the panel; it’s very hard to get back in again. I didn’t get to start a game until the All Ireland semi-final. I had no doubts that I was training well and it didn’t just go for me in Croke Park against Kerry. You’d lose a bit of confidence when you get that badly injured, it takes a lot to get back, but happily I feel myself that I’m back going well again and looking forward to the county final.”
The Galway minor footballers take on Mayo, the current All-Ireland minor champions, at Tuam Stadium this Saturday (5.30pm) in the Connacht semi-final.
The Galway senior hurlers and their loyal supporters will head down the motorway from Gort this Sunday morning to face Kilkenny in the league semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick (2pm).
The start of the Airtricity League campaign is now only eight days away and Galway FC continue their preparations with two more friendlies against Mervue United at Fahy's Field this evening (7.15pm) and UCD at Drom on Saturday afternoon (3pm).
The luck of the draw pitted Mayo and Donegal against each other in next Sunday’s All Ireland quarter-final and with that James Horan will square off against Jim McGuinness once again on the sideline. The Mayo manger looked confident and relaxed at the Mayo press event in Breaffy House on Sunday night and was looking forward to taking on last year’s All Ireland champions once again.
It’s probably forgotten by a lot of people, but along with reaching the All Ireland senior final last year, Mayo also reached the junior equivalent of the competition also, where they came unstuck against a classy Kerry side in Cusack Park in Ennis.
1. Paul Conroy's display