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Sunday 22 October 2017

Stars send video to back rugby ladies

Politicians and celebrities are cheering on the Irish women's rugby team as they head off to France for the Rugby World Cup this Friday.

RTE pundit Eamon Dunphy sent the team a "cheeky" message according to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).

"Hello ladies, remember me in the green room? I'm sure you do, I've got the pictures. Watch the French boys and watch the girls too," said Mr Dunphy in his contribution to the IRFU good luck video.

Also contributing to the messages of support for the team ahead of the World Cup, which runs from August 1 to August 17, were Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton.

Mr Kenny told the team that if they play to their potential victory will be theirs while Ms Burton advised the team to "be confident".

Male rugby stars also went on camera to support the ladies.

Donncha O'Callaghan offered the team, captained by Fiona Coghlan (left), some advice on playing in the international tournament.

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"You're going out there to win," said the Irish and Munster player.

Former Irish international John Hayes, rounded up his family to cheer on the squad.

His young children all sang Ireland's Call with their mother Fiona Steed, who also played rugby for Ireland.

jfegan@herald.ie

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