Mayo boss Stephen Rochford coy on mystery London training camp

Mayo boss Stephen Rochford coy on mystery London training camp

MAYO manager Stephen Rochford has opted to keep his side’s London training base a secret following their win over the Exiles.

The Westerners boss admitted after the game that the defending Connacht Champions would remain in England’s capital for the duration of the week after securing their passage to the semi-final with a 2-16 to 0-9 win in Ruislip on Sunday.

Mayo now face Galway in the next round at McHale Park on June 18, and their preparations are underway in London this week, although Rochford is keen to divert attention.

“That game will have created a suitable level of competition and that’s why we’re looking forward to this week,” he said after the game.

“We’re staying in London and in due course we can reveal all about it. But, to be honest, there’s a lot of Mayo people around here, and we just don’t want it to turn into a bit of a circus.

“In a fortnight’s time, everybody will know where we were based.”

Rochford claims Mayo just want to get their ‘heads down’ and go about their business, with an emphasis on shooting practice following their 15 wides in Ruislip, as Galway are expected to offer a stiffer test than London.

“We’ve got a win and this should create a certain amount of momentum, and we’ll look to just build on that, get a good week’s work,” he said. “Galway will obviously be tough opposition and I know the level of quality they have.

“We’ll be putting our heads down and looking to address a number of aspects such as our shooting and the tracking of our men. It’s all part of the jigsaw."