Wednesday 7 December 2016

Fryday seeks to right interpro wrongs

Published 02/12/2016 | 00:00

Connacht commence their 2016 interpro campaign in Tuam at 2.0pm tomorrow hoping to exorcise some demons from fixtures past Stock photo: PA
Connacht commence their 2016 interpro campaign in Tuam at 2.0pm tomorrow hoping to exorcise some demons from fixtures past Stock photo: PA

Tullamore utility forward Nichola Fryday approaches this weekend's women's interpro Leinster clash as a rookie - despite the two Test caps under her belt.

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Connacht commence their 2016 interpro campaign in Tuam at 2.0pm tomorrow hoping to exorcise some demons from fixtures past.

Most recently, Connacht have been squeezed out by tight interprovincial margins to such an extent that but for more clinical finishing and two or three mistakes they would have all but reversed the 2014 and 2015 losses to their east coast counterparts.

For Nichola Fryday, however, recent history counts for little: "My main goal last year was to play the best rugby I could and give myself a shot at provincial selection. Making the Connacht team this year was already a pleasant surprise."

The Tullamore blindside/No 8 may play club rugby in the Leinster catchment, but green is the new black this winter as far as she's concerned, swapping Irish kit for Connacht this weekend.

"It feels great to have experienced international rugby, something I've always dreamed of. Getting the opportunity to play the last two matches against Canada and New Zealand is amazing."

Irish Independent

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