LARISSA MULDOON and her Irish team-mates concluded their RBS Women’s Six Nations with a 23-6 loss against England at Esher in London on Saturday.
The Cappry native came on as a 66th minute replacement at scrum-half for Amy Davies but the girls in green could do little to stop England winning the Grand Slam and their seventh straight championship. The defeat rounded off a decent championship for the Irish team, who finished off in third place with three wins from five games. That made for a third place finish in the standings, behind England and France.
Ireland’s opening game against Wales was abandoned due to a frozen pitch with the hosts 10-3 up at Ashbourne, Co Meath. A week later, Ireland went down to a heartbreaking 8-7 loss to France in Pau but bounced back with three successive wins - 40-10 against Italy, 36-0 in the reschedule at home to Wales and then 20-0 against Scotland.
The 21-year-old is a student of Sports Development in Cardiff Metropolitan University, where she plans to lay the foundations for a career as a PE teacher.
She played with Letterkenny Rugby Club and was soon in the Donegal Academy and Ulster U-18 Development squad. After doing pre-season with the province, though, the chance to play for the first team had to be bypassed due to study commitments. Instead, Larissa can be seen in the colours of UWIC (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff - the former name of Cardiff Metropolitan).