Basketball, football, gaelic football and now rugby - prop Peat's Ireland journey

From BBC - March 14, 2018

Representing Ireland is something Lindsay Peat has done so often, in so many sports - she would be forgiven for taking it all for granted by now.

While Friday's game against England ends her third Six Nations campaign, that is not nearly the whole story of this remarkable all-rounder.

Peat played basketball and soccer for Ireland and won an All-Ireland gaelic football title before turning to the oval ball.

Frequency has not bred familiarity because every time she pulls on a green jersey she gets the same buzz and the same excitement.

"It is always a privilege, always a very emotional time every time I get into that jersey," said the 37-year-old.

"It sounds a cliche but you appreciate the amount of people who would give their right arm to do it, and I get the opportunity to wear that number one jersey.

"I came pretty late to rugby and I suppose I regret that, but then I'd have to sacrifice the other experiences that I have had, and it's been a very successful and privileged career so far. I know I have been very lucky."

Basketball was her first love and she played at Super League level with Dublin City University before progressing to international level in 2006. She was co-captain during a four-year stint in the game.

By that stage she'd also played underage soccer for the Republic of Ireland and in 2010 won an All-Ireland gaelic football with Dublin when they beat Tyrone in the final before rugby came calling.

"It's funny. I have played in three Six Nations campaigns and a World Cup, but I am only getting to grips to the game now - and unfortunately I am an ageing woman."

World Cup disaster

Mention of the 2017 Women's Rugby Cup, when Ireland crashed and burned as hosts to finish in eighth place, causes Peat to wince.

"It was a disaster," she added.

"We wanted to emulate the girls who got to the World Cup semi-final [in 2014] if not better it, but it unravelled and got worse. The icing on cake was the loss to Wales.


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