Even Connacht players on crutches are not excused from Pat Lam's training sessions

The Westerners are in European action this weekend against Grenoble

BY Daniel Kelly 11:21 Thursday 7 April 2016, 11:21 7 Apr 2016

Connacht Head Coach Pat Lam. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Connacht's quest for the Pro12 title has been one of the highlights in recent memory in the Irish sports world. 

Pat Lam's side are in second place in the table, level on points with Leinster. A place in next season's Champion's Cup look all but assured with only three games left in the season.

The Westerners are also the last Irish province left in European competition. Connacht travel to France this weekend to face Grenoble in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup. A semi-final awaits the winners against either Harlequins or London Irish.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday ahead of travelling to France, Lam revealed that how the ever-growing injury list in Galway has given players the chance to improve on their handling skills. Even players who cannot walk are taking part in certain parts of training sessions, especially skills.

"Even the guys on crutches do them. Dave (Ellis, the Skills Coach) has got a lot of variety, so he’ll work with them even if he can’t move their feet or if they can’t do things with their shoulders but can use their feet, so it’s enjoyable", Lam told The Irish Times.

News of Connacht's togetherness should not come as a surprise to anyone who has seen the team this season. Whether it's forwards or backs, the players are not afraid to throw the ball around, despite the often poor conditions in Galway.

Irish fans will hope that Connacht's dream season continues this weekend.


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