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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Women's World Cup semi-final showdown with England a sell-out

Nicola Anderson at the State Jean Bouin

Published 13/08/2014 | 16:11

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The Women's rugby World Cup semi-final in Paris between Ireland and England is officially a sell-out.

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With several deciders taking place today at the Stade Jean Bouin - the home of Stade Francais - there were just 300 tickets were left by lunchtime and they were quickly snapped up by fans.

Anna Miller sister and Carol Miller Mother of Ireland rugby winger Alison Miller enjoying the build up to the Women's World cup semi final against England in Paris 
Pic:Mark Condren
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Anna Miller and Carol Miller, sister and mother of Ireland rugby winger Alison Miller enjoying the build up to the Women's World cup semi final against England in Paris Pic:Mark Condren

The girls in Green were in 'lockdown mode' before the semi-final against England. A spokesperson said they were spending the earlier part of the day in low-key fashion with a team meeting and lunch at their base in Marcoussis before heading to the stadium for a run-through and warm-ups.

Nicky Comyn of the IRFU described the spirits in the game as "very good", adding that the team were "very focused."

Enjoying the build to the Women's World cup semi final against England in Paris are fformer Rugby team Doctor Jess O'Riordan and partner Sven Geirsson and their Son Rory
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Enjoying the build up to the Women's World cup semi final against England in Paris are former rugby team doctor Jess O'Riordan and partner Sven Geirsson and their son Rory Pic:Mark Condren

Fans Lucy and John Keaveney from Fairyhouse, Co Meath had absolute faith that the Girls in Green were going to steam ahead against England today.

"Every single workplace in Ireland should analyse the ethos of that team," declared Lucy.

"They have such characters, such spirit and are so professional - I'm in awe of them."

Enjoying the build to the Women's World cup semi final against England in Paris are from left, Nicky Comyn of the IRFU with Lucy and John Keaveney from Co Meath
Pic:Mark Condren
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Enjoying the build up to the Women's World cup semi final against England in Paris are from left, Nicky Comyn of the IRFU with Lucy and John Keaveney from Co Meath Pic:Mark Condren

The couple have been following the progress of the Irish Women's Team since February 2013 when they were blown away by their performance against England when they beat them 25-0.

"It was the Grand Slam year," added John.

Since then, they have travelled to watch them all over - in Scotland, Milan, Pau in France - and now to Paris.

"They will definitely win today," said Lucy.

Former team doctor, Jess O'Riordan from Newcastlewest, Co Limerick brought along her Icelandic partner Sven Geirsson and baby son, Rory to cheer on the women.

Enjoying the build to the Women's World cup semi final against England in Paris are from left, Caoimhe O'Dwyer from Clare and Emma Doyle from Kildare.
Pic:Mark Condren
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Enjoying the build up to the Women's World cup semi final against England in Paris are from left, Caoimhe O'Dwyer from Clare and Emma Doyle from Kildare. Pic:Mark Condren

"He went to his first game when he was six weeks old," laughed Jess of her son.

The mothers of the team were also out in force.

Carol Miller - Alison Miller's mum and Margaret O'Brien - Heather O'Brien's mum - were in the best of spirits outside the stadium as they waited impatiently for the time to come round.

Carol said the atmosphere was wonderful. "It's hard to know if you can beat the Grand Stand feeling but this is something else again today," she said.

Margaret said it was "fantastic" to finally see that the team was "gathering momentum", adding: "We're all enjoying it."

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