Road to WRWC2017: Claire Molloy capitana dell’Irlanda

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Alba Ovale – 2017

Il flanker di Connacht,  Claire Molloy, è stata nominata come capitana dell’Irlanda Femminile per l’ormai prossima Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017.

Molloy, che vanta 53 caps in verde e prenderà parte alla sua terza coppa del mondo, guiderà l’Irlanda al posto di Niamh Briggs, costretta a saltare la massima competizione iridata per un infortunio al tendine d’Achille rimediato durante la preparazione. Briggs, che ha guardato dagli spalti anche la scorsa edizione del 6 Nations, era stata allora sostituita dalla numero 8 Paula Fitzpatrick.

“Claire is one of the most experienced players in the squad, and having competed at two previous World Cups, she’s very much aware of the challenges that lie ahead,” ha detto Tom Tierney, head coach dell’Irlanda al sito ufficiale della IRFU.

“She has been one of the most out-standing performers for Ireland over the past number of seasons and has demonstrated her durability and consistency over the course of these campaigns. Since we began our World Cup preparations she has shown great leadership qualities and she thoroughly deserves the captaincy. Whenever Claire pulls on the green jersey she plays with huge pride and commitment, and I’ve no doubt that she will lead the side admirably throughout the tournament.”

Molloy, 29 anni, sarà con il suo Bristol RFC una delle protagoniste nel prossimo Tyrrells Premier 15s e quando non gioca a rugby esercita la professione medica. Ha vestito la maglia del Galway in GAA e ha già guidato da capitana l’Irlanda Femminile 7s durante la Sevens Rugby World Cup disputatasi nel 2013 a Mosca, in Russia.

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