Thursday 27 October 2016

McGuinness aids Saracens

Saracens have tapped into the motivational powers of Gaelic football guru Jim McGuinness (inset) during their preparations for Saturday's European Champions Cup semi-final showdown against Clermont Auvergne.

McGuinness this week became the latest in a long line of sporting figures to address Saracens' first-team squad.

McGuinness, 42, transformed Donegal into an All-Ireland champion team during his time in charge.

He guided them to three Ulster senior titles in four seasons, culminating with 2012 All Ireland silverware being secured for only a second time in more than 120 years.

McGuinness, a sports psychologist, also worked with Europe captain Paul McGinley during the Ryder Cup victory over the United States at Gleneagles last year, and he is part of Celtic's set-up under manager Ronny Deila.

"We bring speakers in on a regular basis," Saracens rugby director Mark McCall said.

"He captivated the group for an hour. He is an extremely passionate speaker and he was fantastic for the players, who really enjoyed it. I am not from Donegal, but I studied the story from afar and admired what he did. He had a very interesting story."


Promoted articles

Entertainment News