Women’s rugby lift spirts with Grand Slam glory

It’s been a journey that has taken 20 years of hard graft, so it was only fitting for Ireland’s women’s rugby team to claim the Six Nations Grand Slam in Milan yesterday with a display based on hard work.

In 1993, the women had to pay for their own jerseys, flights, and accommodation for their debut match against Scotland. Yesterday, they provided the only shining light of an otherwise miserable Six Nations for Irish rugby.

“I want to congratulate our women’s rugby team on winning the grand slam in Milan today,” read a congratulatory statement from President Michael D Higgins.

“This is an outstanding achievement and one we can all enjoy with pride on our national day. The team has performed brilliantly all season and their preparation, commitment, and courage has been rewarded today.

“This Grand Slam-winning performance again highlights the ever increasing success of women in sport in this country, and without doubt will contribute to further participation by women in sport and will help gain the due recognition that women’s sports deserves.

“Sabina and myself plan to invite the team and their officials to a reception in the Áras in the near future.”


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