‘I try to be the

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LUCY MUL­HALL is a glo­be­trot­ting daugh­ter of Cross­bridge, Ti­na­hely, mem­ber of Rathdrum RFC, and cap­tain of the Ir­ish Women’s Sev­ens team.

Hav­ing vis­ited Dubai and Syd­ney since Novem­ber, she has up­com­ing trips to Japan, Canada and Paris be­fore the Rugby World Cup Sev­ens take place in San Fran­cisco in July. It was sim­i­lar last year, she’ll have more places to go next year, and the Olympic Games in Tokyo are in her sights.

While train­ing four days a week as a pro­fes­sional, she is also an Ad As­tra scholarship stu­dent in UCD, mid­way through a science de­gree.

Women don’t usu­ally get the same stan­dard of prepa­ra­tion as men in pro­fes­sional sport, last year the In­ter­na­tional women’s soc­cer team staged a press con­fer­ence to air their griev­ances against the FAI, how­ever for Mul­hall and her team­mates she leads across the white line there is no dif­fer­ence be­tween the men and women’s squads.

“If any­thing, be­cause we are on the cir­cuit, we’re very well looked af­ter. We train with the men a lot, we share the same house, we’re ac­tu­ally more full time than them at the mo­ment. Any­time we go away to tour­na­ments we’re stay­ing in sim­i­lar ho­tels of a sim­i­lar qual­ity, if not bet­ter than the men. Then we share the same food and the same pitch at tour­na­ments.

“In the sport of Sev­ens, Aus- tralia have the same pay­ments as the men.

“It’s a newer sport, es­pe­cially in the last cou­ple of years since it be­came an Olympic sport, I think they’ve done re­ally well bring­ing up the men’s and the women’s to the same level. We’re very lucky with the pro­gram that we have at the mo­ment, we’re al­ways treated on a par with the men.”

Hail­ing from a sport­ing fam­ily, Mul­hall was never dis­cour­aged from play­ing sport. An All-Ire­land cham­pion at 18 with the Wick­low Ladies Foot­ball Ju­nior team and part of the pro­lific Ti­na­hely team that has dom­i­nated ladies foot­ball in the county, she’s never had a neg­a­tive word said to her about play­ing GAA or a phys­i­cal sport like Sev­ens.

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