Saturday 24 June 2017

Ireland's women end Six Nations on a high

Young rugby fan Zach O’Riordan (5), from Portmarnock, Co Dublin, meets Irish player Claire Molloy after the Six Nations match versus Scotland. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Young rugby fan Zach O’Riordan (5), from Portmarnock, Co Dublin, meets Irish player Claire Molloy after the Six Nations match versus Scotland. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Ireland captain Niamh Briggs is tackled by Scotland’s Lisa Martin during the match. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Broadcaster Evanne Ní Chuilinn has said children should not see a difference between men's and women's sports.

Speaking from the stands after watching the Irish women's rugby team comfortably put Scotland to the sword in the Six Nations, she said she brings her son Séimí to all of the internationals.

"My son watches as much men's sport as women's sport and that is important," she said. "He doesn't know the difference because there is no difference."

Cheered on by a sizeable crowd in Donnybrook, the Irish ran in eight tries, including an Allison Miller hat-trick, in what proved to be a comfortable win.

RTÉ presenter Ní Chuilinn said she hoped the crowd would continue to support the women's side as they look to get a rugby sevens team to the Olympics this summer.

"You will find that the women's supporters are very loyal," she said. "They have only moved their games to Donnybrook so their new home will hopefully serve them well too. Hopefully, they inherit this crowd."

James Egan, from Naas, Co Kildare, brought his daughter Chloe Desouza-Egan (5) to the game after failing to secure tickets to the men's international on Saturday.

"It was very enjoyable, very comprehensive. The girls did really well and controlled the game from the start.

"Chloe enjoyed herself and she was cheering all the way through, so it was a great day out.

"We weren't at the big one on Saturday because we couldn't get tickets, so we said we'd get another game in instead."

Irish Independent

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