The Irish Rugby Team Did More Than Just Train In Galway This Week

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy

Activities.

Ireland rounded off a week-long camp in Galway today with an open session at the Sportsground in front of a packed house – but it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the players this week.

Sure the sessions were pretty intense, with even today’s open session in front of the public putting the players through the ringer as World Cup preparations intensify. But there was plenty more to camp this week, as the players look to grow tighter as a group before they jet off to Japan.

Robbie Henshaw spoke to us at the Sportsground today and revealed the Irish lads paid a visit to Killary Harbour and took part in an assault course, as well as a bit of paddle boarding.

Henshaw says the last week has been about building blocks and getting their fitness and strength work in. But it’s also been about building a happy environment for the players.

“It’s been kind of building blocks. Starting the foundation of our fitness and our strength work. But it’s also been really enjoyable, it’s been tough, but it’s been really enjoyable.” Henshaw said

“We’ve done some out of the environment activities; we were up in Killary Harbour during the week doing an assault course and a bit of paddle boarding. It’s little things like that, that keep us tight as a squad and just keep the environment really happy and healthy.”

We also spoke to Conor Murray this afternoon who says camp has been “great craic” despite its sometimes gruelling nature. The team had a players quiz last night that went down really well and overall – the vibe has been good in Irish camp.

“It’s great craic.” Murray said.

“It’s an unbelievable place to be and I’m not just saying that. This group has been around together for a while now. You’ve got great mates, you’ve lads who you get on really well with. The slagging is always good. We’ve a fine balance of it.”

“Last night we had a players quiz in the evening and that went down really well. Lads can switch off, go for coffee. Anything, lads are always up to something. There’s always a group to go away and do something with.”

Canterbury and the IRFU have today unveiled the new Irish Rugby World Cup 2019 team and supporter range. Headlined by a jersey like no other incorporating advanced technology and cutting-edge design, the range will be worn by the Ireland Rugby team in Japan as the team competes on the world stage. The new Ireland Rugby World Cup 2019 range is available from shop.irishrugby.ie and canterbury.com.