How old school are you? Seriously? What’s your view on hamstring injuries? Dynamic warm ups? Is your memory of a warm up booting as many O’Neills size fives over the crossbar as possible before the referee whistled you on? Spit on the hands, rub on the togs and away you go. Hit your man hard, early and often so he knows what he’s dealing with. Any of this sound familiar? If you’re too young to remember, ask your oul fella, or his oul fella. It was different in them days.
“Did we win?” he asked. “No,” replied his mum, “we lost.” The wee lad burst into tears. He was about four years of age and dressed in O’Neills Galway jersey and a red and white headband. The dad was beside him wearing a Cork jersey. The Galway minors had just lost to Limerick.
It’s a proud day for O’Neills as we begin our official partnership with London Irish Rugby Club. We are looking forward to building our relationship with the team at London Irish in the months and years ahead.
Scoring goals is easy. Imagining them is the difficult part. So said Eamon O’Shea in response to a coaching question he was asked. It is a message he said he regularly gives his forwards.