Hansen signs with Connacht Rugby Club in Ireland
The beloved Mack Hansen will be leaving Canberra at the end of the 2021 Super Rugby season to join Irish club Connacht.
Mack graduated from Daramalan College and started his Eagles journey in 2017, the club’s 50th year, where he made his 1st Grade debut.
Mack says the Eagles have been a special part of his and his family’s life, and that the best days far outweigh the tough ones.
“While there have been some heartbreaking moments, that’s all completely overlooked from all the great moments and triumphs I’ve had in the red and black”.
“I’ll always remember the Eagles as the club I played with my closest mates from school, made many new friendships at the Nest, played in big games like heritage round and a grand final, and going to outstanding ‘Silly Sundays’ down at Page Tavern”.
He mentioned that the Eagles has been his home for a number of years now and it is going to be hard to say goodbye to the club, however, knows that he will be back.
“For the last five years at the Eagles, every player, volunteer and supporter have always been extremely welcoming and make me feel a part of a genuine Eagles family.”
“I’m going to miss the Eagles but am very grateful for all the memories I have with this club, and I can’t wait to make my way back one day”.
Club President, Eoghan O’Byrne says that the Eagles will certainly miss Mack from a rugby standpoint but also for the person he is around the club.
“We’ll certainly miss Mack being around the club. He’s a great character and has always been a massive supporter of the Eagles. We’ll really miss his competitive nature on the field too, he’s always worn the Eagles jersey with pride”. O’Byrne said.
“We’re thrilled to have been a key part of his rugby journey. We know he can play at the top level, and overseas experience will be really important in getting him there”
He also added that the club are very happy with what Mack has been able to achieve and the impact he has had on the club.
“Mack has had a remarkable impact on the Eagles, and we’re extremely proud of what he’s achieved in the early stages of his rugby career”.
“Once an eagle, always an eagle” – Mack Hansen
Be sure to get down to The Nest on Saturday as the Eagles take on Royals in Round 2 of the ACT Premier Rugby competitions.
Written by Josh Dunstall