This may be a difficult start for the six nationalities of TikTok women for Ireland, but whore Neve Jones confident that the team will be able to withstand the corner quickly.
After the first-round defeat of Wales at the RDS, in front of a record 6,113 spectators for the women’s six-nation independent game on these beaches, Greg McWilliams the allegations also went missing in France in Toulouse last weekend.
Tonight at Masgrav Park they will face well-known Italian rivals who have so far lost in the 2022 Championship to France and England. Tickets can be purchased here.
This is the first time the Irish team has played in Lyceum, and Jones, who has started in green for the fourth time in a row, says there is a strong unity in the squad ahead of the clash with Cork.
“There are a lot of strong champions in the squad and they are very good at attracting players and creating this collaboration,” said the 23-year-old leading rower.
“Yes, we had a tough game against France last week, but this week we pressed our heads again, worked on a few things and reunited as a team.
“I can’t wait to get back on the field and put it into practice. We as a team know what we have to do.”
Jones was full Linda Jugang and Katie O’Dwyer in the Irish front for two open rounds. Captains Leinster Christy Hani takes the latter for the Italian game.
Now playing for his club in rugby at Gloucester-Hartpour in the English Premier League, Jones brought a impressive physical advantage to his game in the Six Nations this year – just 23 high shots against Wales.
This is something he has done since a very young age at his home club Ballymena RFC and also Malone, with whom he joined at the age of 14 years. The last two years have really seen his defensive work come to the fore.
It goes back to when I was a kid, I was the only girl who was with little boys in rugby. My dad made me go to the backyard at home to practice with him and then, as the game progresses, the fight is a big part of the game and I like the challenge.
“Playing in the Premier 15s, the girls play at the same level every week. I’ve learned a lot about being smarter around the jackal and fighting. I’m constantly learning and developing as a player.”
While Gloucester is currently there, Jones was still with Malone when he made his Irish debut in October 2020 with Italy. It was Ireland’s first game during the Covid-19 pandemic and it was held behind closed doors at Energy. Park.
Surprisingly, it was a crucial 21-7 victory over the Italians for Jones and Malone. By cutting that day, she became the first international women in Belfast club history.
Twenty-eight players from the Malone men’s division wore green jerseys, six of whom also played for the British and Irish Lions, but Jones was the first woman to do so. She keeps fond memories of her time at Gibson Park.
“I actually had a frame shirt to put in the clubhouse because Malone has done so much for me over the years,” Ballimena’s mother said.
“If they hadn’t been there when I was 13, I probably wouldn’t have played rugby or where I am now, so pay attention to Malone. I am grateful every day for what they have done for me. ”
While many players on the team – Amer Considin, Sam Monagan, Lucy Malhall and Stacey Flod among them – before moving on to rugby playing GAA, the summer of 2020 saw Jones do the opposite.
When the island of Ireland came out of the siege, it was forced to wait a little longer for the return of rugby with the contact nature of the sport, which later resumed competitive activity compared to most other symbols.
After being invited by several of his friends to Malone, he made contact with East Belfast footballer Lady Gaelk. It was the first club to be established in this northern region in nearly 50 years, and Jones was widely represented in the Down Youth Championship campaign for the club.
It wasn’t exactly an incident like it was like a duck going into the water, but it was an experience that the former captain of the Ulster Inter-Under-18 team, who still had the title, appreciated.
“I always say that Gaelic footballers do good rugby, but it’s not necessarily the opposite! I gave my best shot.
“I absolutely loved it, but running in sports. I think I will stay in rugby now, but if I get a chance to go to Geli football again, I will definitely do it, ”he said.