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Posts Tagged ‘ Women’s Rugby ’

A Victory Worth Savouring

We met up on the first weekend in January to start our preparations for the 2013 RBS Six Nations.  It was great to see all the old faces (no retirements) and plenty of new faces too.  It was clear from the first session that there was going to be great competition for places.  On the weekend sessions we would do two pitch sessions a day and then you would have an array of meetings.  It can be quite intense and tiring both physically and mentally.

On the third weekend of camp the management decided to surprise us with a squad trip, we thought maybe paintballing or go-karting, no it was a trip to do some army training in the Curragh Camp.  Again this was physically and mentally draining but surprisingly enjoyable.  On the final weekend prior to the competition we played Spain in a friendly, we won the game but for us it was more about our systems and seeing if they were effective.  We still had a lot to do prior to the Wales game.  Continue reading

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Six Nations 2013 : Nothing But Pride To Play For

slIt’s an unfortunate reality but Ireland have just about one thing left to play for in this tournament. The impending Lions tour is shaping up to be a best chance of victory for the touring squad in over a decade, with all of the home nations showing somewhat better form than the Aussies at the minute. With the last Lions tour nearly entirely dominated by Irish players it would be a travesty for this year to pass so many by when many individual performers are performing well at the minute.

With that in mind it may be a good thing then that Ireland will face up to their most difficult fixture in Italy in the last 13 years this weekend. Italy couldn’t have started on a better note beating France when Ireland could not, in a tight game with little room for error. Aside from the next fixture against Scotland where they fully took the foot off the gas they have looked strong in the competition, running Wales ragged without the talismanic Parrise and upon his return nearly derailing the chariot in Twickenham. Ireland had a similarly bright start but have since then thrown away three games and now go to Italy with even more players missing, the present ones wounded and dropping like flies as recently this morning with Jonathan Sexton being ruled out after having been included, now suffering a torn tendon in his foot and very likely seeing his Lions starting hopes dashed. Continue reading

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