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Trinity girls win hearts and minds

American Ashira Elizabeth writes about why she loves playing rugby for Trinity:

I started playing rugby a little over a year ago when I moved from Chicago, IL, to Dublin to start my postgraduate degree at Trinity.

Rugby is an intimidating sport at first glance, especially for someone who had never tackled anyone before, but the team was very welcoming and I was able to pick it up quickly.

I've never had as much fun in any other sport. As a prop, I'm wrecked after every match, but the joy I get from making a clean tackle or finishing a well-played match makes every ache worth it. My teammates are entirely responsible for some of the best times I've had in Ireland.

From muddy training and comparing bruises to post-match pints and nights out, the women I play with are strong, determined, and heaps of fun to be around. This year, Grand Slam winner Ailis Egan, a Trinity graduate who props for both Leinster and Ireland, has been coaching us and our game has improved. We're always recruiting and growing our fan base, so feel free to check us out on Facebook!