Training had been going extremely well with each member of the squad being pushed out of their comfort zones during every session. With our skills sessions we were being challenged with some different, and fun, passing drills – passing everything from a shoe to a swiss ball. It just meant that we were a lot more confident and natural when it came to passing the rugby ball again.
Up until our training game against Scotland two weekends ago I had felt everything had been going well for me as my game was starting to really improve as my understanding, strength and fitness increased. Unfortunately however I broke my wrist during the warm up just before we were due to play Scotland …
It’s a pretty bad break meaning I wont be back in time for the World Cup.
To say I am devastated is an understatement as all my training for the past 6 mths or so has all been geared towards the WC. The support from my team mates, coaches, management has been amazing an they have all picked my spirits up :).
As I was getting put back together in the hospital the girls went on to play the Scottish side and although the final result was a loss, the game was a perfect opportunity for the coaches to try out different combinations as rolling subs were permitted throughout the 80mins. A whole lot was learnt from this training game.
Off the pitch the banter amongst the squad is mighty, there is a real feeling of team spirit from everyone. During last weekends camp we all got slightly competitive as we hosted a ‘Come bake with me evening’ where you had to make a desert to be judged by the management and the rest of the players! It was a fab night with my desert coming in at 2nd place – impressive as I was a one armed baker!
This weekend we have been invited to the opening of the Aviva Stadium (pictures to follow) I’m really looking forward to having a look around an would one day love to play there. The girls then travel to Cardiff on Sunday to play Wales and although I’m not able to make it over I will certainly be there with them in Spirit! 🙂