World Cup 2017

Ireland Vs Australia World Cup 2017 Day 1

So Tom Tierney has named the 23 that will face Australia in The UCD Bowl at 7pm tomorrow evening. He has made 4 changes with Heather O Brien coming into the team at number 8, Ashleigh Baxter will take over the number 6 jersey from Ciara Griffin who will have to make an impact from the bench.

Shannon scrum half Nicole Cronin is the only uncapped player in the 23 tomorrow evening and that is a good testament to what Tom Tierney and his coaches have done over the last 3 years in trying to build some squad depth in the build up to this World Cup.

Looking to tomorrow, Ireland will have a full house shouting them on as the Bowl in UCD is a sell out, hopefully there will be a good atmosphere to help the girls in green  get the win they need to get this show off to the perfect start.

UCD has been transformed over the last few months and it is the perfect place for the next two weeks and the festival of rugby that will follow. Some of the world’s best female rugby talent will be in UCD and I urge people to take the time out over the next three Ireland games and sit and watch these ladies in action.

I realise that the next few weeks is not everyone’s cup of tea but trust me if this group of players can get the right result tomorrow evening, nothing will stop them and they will be well placed to try and better what was achieved in 2014.

I have always said if Ireland won a World Cup I’d love to see the country’s reaction, well over the next three weeks that dream may become a reality. England and a number of other sides will have something to say about that particular dream.

I have spent the last few years trying my best to educate people on the merits of this sport, I travelled to France on a whim three years ago with no French even though I did French at school, sorry Ms Mc Sweeney!!

These ladies deserve huge credit for the time and effort they put in. The time is now for this team to go out a show the world what this team is made of!! A quick word for another Irish lady in action over the next few weeks, referee Joy Neville will officiate at this World Cup. It is a huge honour for her and her family.

Sit back and enjoy the next three weeks, you won’t be disappointed, Trust me!!


Cian Mc Gibney


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