Gloucester Rugby: Double celebration for Monahan clan
AN UNEXPECTED league debut capped a fine week for the Monahan family – and now Gloucester wing Shane is hungry for more Premiership action.
The 25-year-old summer capture from Rotherham travelled to London Irish as injury cover to the squad, but wound up making his league bow in Gloucester's 40-31 victory.
The former Leinster Academy man ran in four tries in last Monday's 82-0 A League victory over Worcester Cavaliers, going on to end the week in bustling, ball-carrying first XV style.
Allied to his strong-running cameo as replacement for Charlie Sharples at the Madejski Stadium, Monahan said his family were celebrating good news for his brother too.
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Elder sibling Simon Monahan last week secured himself a job as a community rugby coach with the Cherry and Whites.
And Shane Monahan admitted there are some proud relatives back in Dublin.
The County Mead Boyne RFC product explained: "Last week was great for a number of reasons.
"The Worcester game went very well, that was a great win, to put them away by 80 points and to score four tries, I don't think I'd done that before, maybe in an underage game.
"And we found out on the Tuesday that my brother Simon had got the job as a community rugby coach for Gloucester.
"So to make my Premiership debut in the Irish game as well, and get a win too, that was a great way to end the week."
Keen to build on his first league action, Monahan said he was pleased with his showing, after Martyn Thomas pulled up with a niggle in Saturday's warm-up.
He continued: "I was getting ready to bring the water bottles on during the match, but then Martyn went down in the warm-up, and I was on the bench, so I was really happy just to have that chance.
"I wasn't sure whether I'd get on or not, because the two wingers were playing well, but it was great to get out there.
"I got a good few carries and I was pretty happy with my effort, they were pinning the ball down in my corner from the kick-offs and I got plenty of ball.
"I wasn't expecting to play of course, and sometimes that's the better way to make your debut, because you don't have time to think about it, you just get on with it."