Hannah Tyrell won’t be lacking in confidence in her third outing for Ireland tomorrow afternoon against Wales.
Ireland’s win over the 2014 World Cup champions England in Ashbourne RFC a fortnight ago has kept Tom Tierney’s side in the running for a 6 Nations title, and a victory in Swansea will be vital.
Tyrell missed the France game due to a concussion suffered in training, but despite a nervous start in her Championship debut against Italy, she feels she’ll be much more ready this time round.
Some “self doubt about being good enough” had crept in, but the 24-year-old former Dublin ladies footballer has thanked the veterans in the side for re-booting her confidence levels.
“Tania (Rosser), Nora (Stapleton) and Briggsy have been there for me answering any questions I’ve had. They’re great to have around because they’re the epitome of calm and they know exactly what they’re doing.”
Leinster star Rosser is a key character in the side, having won her 50th international cap against her native New Zealand when Ireland faced the then World Cup champions in Paris last summer.
From Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand, Rosser moved to Ireland at the turn of the century and had lined out in two previous World Cups for Ireland — in Canada in 2006 and in Surrey in 2010.
She believes Ireland’s win over England a fortnight ago was crucial in gaining momentum towards the closing stages of the tournament.
“It’s kept us in the running to win the championship and it’s given the girls a lot of encouragement going forward because beating the World Champions England is always a huge ask.
“It was great for the younger players starting out in the squad too to have experienced that. They can see that big teams are beatable, but now we have to focus and try beat Wales.”
Having beaten the Welsh in Dublin in a pre-Six Nation’s warm-up game, the veteran in Rosser knows not to read too much into such wins.
“Wales have got a different team this time around, and we’re going to have to clear our minds from that warm-up game and focus how they’re doing now and really put it up to them.”
(IRELAND (V Wales): N Briggs (UL Bohemian/ Munster), H Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster), J Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster), J Shiels (Richmond/Exiles), A Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht), N Stapleton (Old Belvedere/ Leinster), L Muldoon (Skewen RFC), R O’Reilly (Galwegians/Connacht), G Bourke (Olympico de Pozuelo RFC), A Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), S Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster), M Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster), P Fitzpatrick (St Marys/Leinster), C Molloy (Bristol/Connacht), H O’Brien (Highfield/Munster).
Replacements: S Mimnagh (Wasps/Exiles), F Hayes (UL Bohemian/Munster), FO’Brien (Old Belvedere/Leinster), O Fitzsimons (St Marys/Leinster), K Norris (Blackrock/Leinster), T Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster), S Naoupu (Galwegians/Connacht), A Doyle (Shannon/ Munster).
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