Kildare's Jenny Murphy confident Ireland can upset French in mammoth RWC clash today

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Kildare's Jenny Murphy confident Ireland can upset French in mammoth RWC clash today
9:30 Thursday 17th of August 2017

Irish rugby star Jenny Murphy is in bullish mood ahead of her team's huge clash with France in the final group game of the Womens Rugby World Cup this afternoon. Tom Tierney's side can progress to the semi-final of the competition with a win over France, and they have good form against Les Bleus after defeating them in the Six Nations recently.

Ireland have won their opening two games of the tournament against Australia and Japan, though France have been more impressive in their games to date as they easily dispatched of both of those sides.

Kildare native Murphy, who returns to the Irish starting team after sitting out the win over Japan with a calf strain, is not afraid of taking on the much vaunted French.

"They're not anything to be afraid of," she said.

"They're a solid team, they have a nice set-piece, but when we're playing really well, we're sharp and more than capable of dealing with the arsenal of weapons they have, and then some.

"A lot of the talk is about trying to stop France, and yeah, we will, but we've got some stuff they're going to have to stop too. We're not too worried about them at this stage, we're focused on ourselves and what we've to do.

"Sometimes one or two ugly wins will do us the world of good. This is our kick up the ass. We know what we're capable of. We weren't happy with some of the performances we've put in, but we know what we are able to do.

"We're looking forward to going out and showing the Dublin crowd what rugby we can play, and hopefully give them something to cheer about as well. This is our cup final."

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