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'We don't fear them at all,' says confident Gillian

By Cain Tracey

Two days out from a historic first ever World Cup semi-final, you would expect a few nerves, but the calmness in Gillian Bourke's voice speaks volumes for the attitude inside the Ireland camp.

Then again why should they be nervous? Three wins out of three earned them top spot in Pool B and tomorrow they will face an England side they beat last year.

Confidence is justifiably high and as Bourke explains, no one is getting ahead of themselves given that this was all part of the plan.

“I think we've shown plenty of signs so far that this is a team that is building towards something big,” the 30-year old quips.

“We've been able to sort the little problems out on the pitch rather than doing it in hindsight, which says a lot about the character of the team.

“We take a lot of confidence from our ability to do that. We're not waiting for games to finish any more. We're taking the games to the opposition and finishing strongly. That's something we've probably lacked in recent years.”

The furore surrounding the win over New Zealand has just about settled down but the Limerick native knows that they have the opportunity to kickstart that in Paris tomorrow.

“We don't fear them at all. We know that they have a good record in major tournaments but that doesn't concern us,” said Bourke.

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