A RARE giant eagle was recovering in Connacht this week after being rugby tackled by a man in a kilt.

Eddie the Eagle, mascot of Connacht rugby club, dislocated his shoulder when a visiting fan of Glasgow Warriors lost the plot and ran at him in a Magners League clash at the Sportsground in Galway.

“I just didn’t see him coming. One minute I was running and then, bang. I know he didn’t mean any harm, but it was sore,” said Eddie, who is actually Colm Cronin, a University of Limerick student and brother of Ireland and Connacht hooker Sean Cronin.

A small group of Scottish supporters had been heckling Eddie throughout the game and took matters into their own hands when one of the kilted visitors scaled the boundary fence and tackled him from the blind side.

Shame their team weren’t so passionate – Glasgow were hammered 37-8.