Claire Molloy became the first woman to score a try at the Aviva Stadium, touching down against Italy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There’s no train for us this time as we hope to get our first win in France

I was in the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, screaming myself hoarse, when Sonia O’Sullivan was agonizingly beaten by Gabriela Szabo in the 5000 metres final.

I’ve been fortunate to be at many famous sporting occasion but today’s events will surpass them all

Larissa Muldoon celebrates scoring a try for Ireland during their Six Nations clash with England in Twickenham, on February 22nd, 2014. Ireland lost 17-10.   Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Walking in to the most famous rugby stadium felt like entering our own Roman Coliseum

Ireland’s Alison Miller goes over against England in last year’s Six Nations game in Ashbourne.

In many ways they have been a benchmark for us

The Irish women’s team celebrate their victory over Italy which clinched the Grand Slam in  Parabiago, Milan last year.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Our main motivation as a group has never been goal-orientated, we are what motivates us.

Captain Fiona Coghlan talks to her team before Ireland’s opening RBS Women’s Six Nations Championship game at Ashbourne RFC last week. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The men’s coach visited our weekend Six Nations camp and quickly won us over

Ireland’s Joy Neville, Lynne Cantwell, Jenny Murphy and Nora Stapleton celebrate the Six Nations grand slam win in Parabiago, Milan, last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the first of a series the Ireland number 13 gives an insight into her match week routine

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