SHANNON RFC head coach Tom Hayes played for Munster and captained Exeter Chiefs to promotion to the Premiership.
Hayes, who watched his Shannon charges overcome Young Munster in their All-Ireland League Division 1A derby fixture at Thomond Park on Friday night, won an All Ireland League Division 1 title with the Parish side in 2002 and captained the club to consecutive league titles in 2004 and 2005
After making nine appearances for Munster between 2003 and 2004, Hayes moved to English Championship side Plymouth Albion in 2005. He played with Plymouth for three years before switching to Munster's Champions Cup pool rivals this Saturday, Exeter Chiefs, in 2008.
Hayes, a younger brother of Munster and Ireland legend John Hayes, led Exeter out of the Championship and into the Premiership in 2010. He went on to play 136 matches for the Chiefs and captained the club in their first ever Heineken Cup game - against Leinster in Dublin.
Hayes will have more than a passing interest when his two old clubs go head-to-head at Sandy Park in their Heineken Champions Cup opening round fixture this Saturday, 3.15pm, live on BT Sport.