Two Donegal ladies are part of the Irish rugby team that stand on the threshold of history this Saturday as they chase a first ever Triple Crown when they take on Scotland in Lasswade, Midlothian (kick-off 2pm).
Larissa Muldoon from Cappry, Ballybofey, and Nora Stapleton from Fahan were the half-back partnership, the respective scrumhalf and fly-half, when Ireland defeated England 25-0 in Ashbourne earlier this month. It was Ireland first win over the old enemy in 18 matches and only England’s second loss in 40 internationals. Bar Ireland, only Italy have won their opening two fixtures.
Ireland opened with a narrow 12-10 win over Wales in Port Talbot in the RBS Women’s Six Nations and welcome France and visit Italy in their final two matches next month. Theywill go into Saturday’s match as huge favourites considering Scotland lost 76-0 to England and then 8-0 to Italy in their first two outings.
Muldoon is a student in Cardiff and plays with UWIC (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and Stapleton, who played Gaelic football for Donegal, is on the books of Old Belvedere and Leinster.