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Ireland duo Boles and Dane putting Enniskillen on map


On the up: Claire Boles is making impact with Ireland
On the up: Claire Boles is making impact with Ireland
Quality player: Kathryn Dane is making big strides

By Cian Tracey

Rugby in Enniskillen is on the rise and with the club now boasting two recent full internationals in Claire Boles and Kathryn Dane, the Fermanagh outfit will hope that it is a sign of things to come.

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Robert Baloucoune has also been making waves with Ulster and could eventually follow his female counterparts into the Ireland set-up.

Before this season, Boles mainly focused her attention on sevens, and she made her international debut in Clermont two years ago.

Ireland head coach Adam Griggs has since drafted her into the Six Nations squad and she made her debut off the bench in the crucial win over Scotland last time out.

Since breaking into the squad, captain Ciara Griffin and veteran Claire Molloy have taken Boles under their wing as they look to get their fellow back-row up to speed.

Boles often played alongside her twin sister Katie for Enniskillen, and as the focus turns towards Saturday's clash against Italy, she knows the pressure will ramp up.

"They know back-rows carry hard and I definitely like to play my own game," said Boles, who is studying chemical engineering in UCD.

"Scotland was definitely an important game for us. It was kind of like win or nothing. It was tough, but we're definitely building and Italy did beat Scotland too, so we'll have to be prepared."

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