Limerick Rugby
Don't Miss

Tom Hayes’ return to Shannon is welcomed

THE general reaction from Shannon RFC supporters in Limerick regarding the return of one of their former stars, Tom Hayes, has been good. Some, however, point to the strength of the current squad which needs beefing up if the nine times AIL champions are to challenge for promotion to Ulster Bank AIL 1A next season.
Back in Ireland for business reasons after five successful seasons with the Exeter Chiefs, Tom, the younger brother of multi-capped international prop John has been given the role of lineout and defence coach for the coming season.
The former Shannon second-row captained Exeter to promotion in 2010, leading them into the high profile Premiership. He played 136 times for the Chiefs before calling it a day in 2013 because of injury.
Tom helped Shannon win the Ulster Bank League Division One title in 2001/02, before captaining them to two consecutive All Ireland Leagues in 2003/04 and 2004/05.
Current head coach Marcus Horan is set to be confirmed in that role again at tomorrow night’s Shannon AGM. The coming season is a crucial one for the club and while there is much to admire about the senior side’s style of play and the ability of many in the current squad, 1B remains a difficult division to get out of, particularly with the demands of the provinces on elite players.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login