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Friday, 25 May 2018
AN Abbey Nuns rugby player who used to play for Henley Hawks Women made history last week when she became the first Berkshire-based woman to represent Ireland.
Annette Tomas, who played for the Hawks during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, came off the bench to mark her international debut in a Six Nations warm-up friendly against Wales in Caerphilly last weekend, which saw Ireland victorious 27-19.
The full-time teacher had been on the cusp of a debut appearance after being involved in two training camps under new Irish national coach Adam Griggs.
The 26-year-old, who last year debuted for Ireland at a Sevens tournament in Dubai, said: “To be named in a squad of international players who I’ve followed and respected for many years was very surreal.”
Tomas, who was one of the co-founding players of Abbey Nuns where she currently plays, added: “Three weeks of training for selection has been really intense, but I couldn’t have done it without the support of my rugby teammates across Berkshire.”
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