Tuesday 19 March 2019

Boles helps to put Enniskillen rugby on the map

'Before this season, Boles mainly focused her attention on sevens, and she made her international debut in Clermont two years ago.' Stock photo
'Before this season, Boles mainly focused her attention on sevens, and she made her international debut in Clermont two years ago.' Stock photo
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Rugby in Enniskillen is on the rise and with the club now boasting two recent full internationals in Claire Boles and Kathryn Dane, the Fermanagh outfit will hope that it is a sign of things to come.

Robert Baloucoune has also been making waves with Ulster and could eventually follow his female counterparts into the Ireland set-up.

Before this season, Boles mainly focused her attention on sevens, and she made her international debut in Clermont two years ago.

Ireland head coach Adam Griggs has since drafted her into the Six Nations squad and she made her debut off the bench in the crucial win over Scotland last time out.

Since breaking into the squad, captain Ciara Griffin and veteran Claire Molloy have taken Boles under their wing as they look to get their fellow back-row up to speed.

Boles often played alongside her twin sister Katie for Enniskillen, and as the focus turns towards Saturday's clash against Italy, she knows the pressure will ramp up.

"They know back-rows carry hard and I definitely like to play my own game," Boles, who is studying chemical engineering in UCD, said.

"Scotland was definitely an important game for us. It was kind of like win or nothing. It was tough, but we're definitely building and Italy did beat Scotland too, so we'll have to be prepared."

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