As Ireland hope to be crowned Grand Slam Six Nation’s Champions this weekend, star player Mack Hansen will be hoping to make yet another impressive display on the pitch.
The Australian player will be receiving his 14th cap for Ireland this weekend and had some controversial comments to share about opponents England ahead of the meeting.
Ahead of the weekend’s big match, we take a look at the Australian rugby star’s love life, the life he left in Australia, and what exactly he thinks of the England team.
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His Irish Girlfriend
The Australian naive has found more than just a rugby career on Irish soil.
Mack met girlfriend Roisin Murray since making the move.
Roisin graduated from University of Galway last November, with Mack celebrating the achievement in an instagram of the pair captioned “congrats on graduating smarty pants, very proud.”
Mack is currently based in Galway himself, where he plays for provincial team Connacht.
His move from Australia
Originally from Canberra in Australia, Mack made the move over to Ireland in 2021 to play for Connacht and was quickly picked up by the International team.
Mack speaks highly of his adoptive home and in an interview with sports website the 42.ie, Mack hailed his move to Ireland as the best decision of his life.
“I guess you could think what would have been with anything, so no, the decision to play for Ireland has been the best decision of my career and my life. I’m loving it over here and enjoying it.”
Mack has a family connection to Ireland, as his mum, who’s maiden name is O’Shea is originally from County Cork. She moved to Australia with her family as a child.
Back in Australia Mack worked as an electrician for a time, before giving it up to focus on his rugby career.
His controversial comments on England
Mack set tongues wagging last week when he made some eyebrow raising comments about the English side.
Speaking to press after Ireland’s win against Scotland in Murrayfield last weekend, Mack made his thoughts about England’s team clear.
“I think everyone hates England” the winger told press, continuing “There’s a fair bit of hatred, isn’t there? It’s good, though, because once the game is done they are good lads like everyone else.”
Mack will be taking to the pitch against the English side this evening as Ireland take them on in their final Six Nations game of the year.
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