Name: Teah Maguire
Position: Wing/Full Back
Honours: 1st Season with Ulster
Following her outstanding display for Ulster against Leinster on Sunday the selection of 18 year old Teah Maguire as one for the future was an easy decision to make.
With outstanding timing in the tackle and a cool head under pressure we can pay Teah no higher complement than her performance reminded us of Bryn Cunningham at his pomp, a classy display indeed.
The FRU caught up with Teah after the game to find out how she’d made it this far…
When did you start playing rugby?
I first got involved with rugby at Olderfleet Primary School and I continued with a bit of tag at secondary school. I was also involved when Andrew O’Toole ran a girls side at Larne RFC for a season but up until January of this year when I joined Cooke I hadn’t played for a few years.
What made you take it up?
I’ve no family background in the game so really it was the encouragement at primary school that got me started then getting involved with Andrew at Larne kept the interest going.
Who were/are your influences in the game?
Chris Galway at Larne was probably the biggest influence as he was the coach that got involved at primary school level.
Do you play other sports?
I currently play hockey for Larne 1st XI, I enjoy horse-riding and I play football for Larne Ladies.
What’s been your most memorable game so far?
I would guess that would have to be Cooke v Blackrock as it was one of my first full games at full back and I scored a try.
What are your thoughts on the woman’s game in Ulster
The women’s game is well supported by the branch and it’s a good standard. Everyone that I have dealt with has been very encouraging. This is my first senior year and it’s been tough but it’s worth it. The coaches are great and really helpful.
What are your ambitions within rugby.
I was surprised to get the call up into the Ulster Squad, but training with the girls has been fantastic. I’d like to progress as far as I can, wherever that may be, but it would be great if that eventually involved playing for Ireland.
What do your family and friends think of you playing rugby?
They are very encouraging and very supportive. They’ve never thought it strange!