Q&A: Eimear Corri
The Portlaoise RFC, Leinster U-18s and Ireland Sevens U-18s prospect is an emerging star of women's rugby.
Q. How did you get into rugby?
A. I got to know Alison Miller through athletics. She was involved with the underage girls section in Portlaoise RFC at the time. My friend and classmate Emma Hooban also played rugby and she and Alison encouraged me to come down.
Q. What is your favourite thing about rugby?
A. I love the physicality and team aspect of the sport. Rugby is not just about one individual but the whole team. We train, grow and succeed together.
Q. What is your training schedule like?
A. It's very hectic between school and training. I train twice a week with Portlaoise and play a match each weekend. I also squeeze in two gym sessions a week.
Q. What has been your proudest moment on the pitch?
A. Scoring the opening try for Ireland against Italy at the European U-18 Grand Prix. It was my first international cap.
Q. What are your playing ambitions for the future?
A. I hope to be a key player for Portlaoise this season and continue playing rugby in college next year. Having played for Leinster U-18s for the past three years, I'd love to play for the senior team. Ultimately, I would love to play for the Ireland women's team. It would be incredible to represent Ireland at the Women's Rugby World Cup.
Q. What would you say to a girl your age thinking of taking up rugby?
A. Give it a try. It's good to have a balance between sport and schoolwork. Even with the Leaving Certificate and the focus on study, you can't neglect your health and well-being. You might be reluctant to start a new sport but you'll never know what opportunities are in store unless you give it a try. If I hadn't gone to that session, on a cold winter's evening in 2010, I would never have experienced playing in a Leinster jersey or representing my country.