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Ladies' rugby heroics make me so proud

Watching as the Irish team repelled attack after attack from the Italians (as the TV coverage belatedly granted the Irish women's rugby team more than a desultory 23 seconds' time) was the somewhat nerve-wracking highlight of my St Patrick's Day.

March 16 represented a nadir for the Irish men's team. But what a difference a day makes.

Twenty years on from the first Irish women's international match in Edinburgh, the Girls in Green scaled a mountain in Milan to deliver a Six Nations Grand Slam with a show of guts, commitment, character and no little skill.

Thanks, girls. You made me proud to be Irish.


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