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Saturday 20 January 2018

Irish rugby women’s team set for Grand Slam, Triple Crown already in bag

Ireland's Sophie Spence in action against Scotland last month
Ireland's Sophie Spence in action against Scotland last month
Claire Murphy

By Claire Murphy

THESE Irish rugby heroes are on track for their first ever grand slam victory.

While the men’s team may be struggling this season, the women are cleaning up the honours.

The female rugby stars won the elusive Triple Crown title, beating Wales, England and Scotland.

There are now just two teams – France and Italy – standing between them and grand slam glory.

But captain Fiona Doyle (32) said that they know they face a major battle against France tonight.

“I suppose it has been a good few years coming,” she told the Herald.

“If we implement what we need to, |it will be a good match.

“But we are by no means underestimating the French side. They are in the top three in the world and we have only beaten them once before in the Six Nations.

“We are not going into it as favourites. They are a physical side and play a very different game of rugby.”

The women's team is completely amateur and dedicate time around their own careers to train and play for their country.

With the assistance of the professional coaching staff at the IRFU, the team have qualified for the Rugby World Cup after their wins in this competition.

And the captain said that part of the success of the side was down to the close-knit nature of the players.

“In a 30-person squad of women, you would think there would be bitchiness, but it is unbelievable how well everyone gets on,” Fiona said.

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