Enjoying the ride, lads? Irish rugby team hit theme park on their day off
They’re competing in one of the world’s biggest sporting contests, but the adrenaline rush of chasing the World Cup isn’t enough for the Irish rugby squad.
Ahead of their clash with Romania on Sunday, the team took time out from their gruelling training sessions and got their hearts racing from the dizzying heights at Alton Towers theme park.
Captain Paul O’Connell and his troops swapped rucks for rollercoaster rides and other amusements during their day off at the Staffordshire holiday resort, after kicking off their World Cup campaign with a decisive win over Canada in Cardiff’s Millennium stadium.
“Since we arrived at St George’s Park we have been incredibly well looked after,” the skipper said.
“A few lads are going to Alton Towers, some are going golfing at the Belfry, some boys are going shooting.
“And the backs, well, they’re going shopping in Birmingham!”