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WRWC 2010: And so it begins …

The wait for the Women’s Rugby World Cup is nearly over.

Twelve of the World’s Best Women’s teams, 3 pools of top class action, two great venues, Surrey Sports Park and the Twickenham Stoop, 30 games of pure intensity and skill. It’s the pinnacle of Women’s Rugby so come and be a part of it!

Well I think that sums it up, the adventure has begun.


Eliza Downey

Behind the scenes in the Ireland Women’s camp at the 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup.


I arrived in Dublin Airport at 11.30am this morning with a bag on my back, nerves in my stomach and a smile on my face, the ball was finally rolling for myself and the girls for our  journey through the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010.

We arrived in Heathrow at 4pm and made our way to Surrey University which will be our home for the next 3 weeks. I was pleasantly surprised with our accommodation, although it is student accommodation, it was very clean, comfortable and homely which I know will help us settle in. Along, of course, with the continuous Ireland bannering, flags and balloons the girls have decorated our apartment block with, the Irish have definitely landed!

Dinner was served at 6pm, this was our first interaction with some of the other teams, the usual staring occurred, sizing different players up, visualizing what it would be like to tackle them/run out of their way, then you quickly catch yourself on and realise you’re sitting down to your evening meal and eating should take all your concentration at that time!!

We then found out about a little ‘suprise’ training session after dinner, now I usually love surprises but I was little reluctant with this one, turns out it was the best thing for us, blow off the cobwebs and hit the ground running as we mean to go on.

The evening was finished off by a team meeting and a little stroll around Tesco.

So, that’s it Day 1 over, I knew things would hit me more when I finally got over here, another 2 training sessions tomorrow, we’re definitely not here for a holiday, but I’m planning on enjoying every minute of it 🙂

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