Fair Game #24 | Fair Game Meets… Sophie Spence

On this episode we’re joined by a titan of Irish rugby, who recently hung up the green jersey for good SOPHIE SPENCE… in her own words: “It is with regret that I am announcing my retirement. I had hoped to finish my career after playing in one last Six Nations, but it is not to be. I have been incredibly proud to pull on the Irish jersey and to play for Ireland alongside such talented team-mates. The women’s game is at a critical junction, and I hope to see it driven forward…”

Since making her debut for Ireland back in 2012, SOPHIE SPENCE’s explosive carries, tireless tackling and powerful presence in the second row helped drive Ireland towards an unprecedented era of success which yielded a historic Grand Slam in 2013, a World Cup semi-final in 2014, and a second Six Nations title in 2015… and she even got herself a nomination for World Rugby Player of the Year in the process.

Sophie takes to the FAIR GAME hot-seat to reflect on the highs and lows during her six years of answering Ireland’s Call – from a chance big break into international rugby, to the infamous overnight odyssey to Pau; from a rainy day in Turin when Grand Slam dreams came true, to the tactical toppling of the mighty Black Ferns in Marcoussis; from entering a new era of Irish women’s rugby, to a lengthy spell of the sidelines with concussion; and from a disappointing World Cup on home soil, to the bright future ahead… we covered it ALL.



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