Saracens will travel to Galway to face Connacht on Friday, and Saracens skills coach Joe Shaw says his side will show the Irish province an “incredible amount of respect” as they prepare to face the west Ireland side coached by Shaw’s former teammate Pat Lam.
“Connacht have been a good side for a long time now” Shaw said.
“They have made The Sportsground into a fortress in the Heineken Cup, so our boys will be showing them an incredible amount of respect this Friday.”
Connacht are now under the guidance of recently appointed Head Coach Pat Lam, and Shaw is full of praise for the Samoan No.8s impact on his new club;
“It doesn’t surprise me the brand of rugby they are playing under Pat Lam” revealed Shaw.
“They have some really dangerous players and a very good coach in Pat. From watching some of the rugby they have been playing recently, some of it is extremely impressive and when they get it right they are a really dangerous side.
“I was with Pat Lam at Northampton Saints over 13 years ago now – he was the captain and he was absolutely brilliant to play and train alongside. He was Premiership player of the year, he had just won the European cup and he was the definitely the leader of the team”.
Shaw added; “Pat was just a top bloke to be around. If you were one of the older British Lions of the squad or younger guys like myself, Pat treated you just the same – I really respected him during my time at Saints and still do to this day”.