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Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan takes World Cup trophy to visit Eiffel Tower

When the prop got there, however, the captains of 11 other countries were hanging around too. Pure awkward.

Fiona Coghlan pictured at Champ de Mars Park in Paris today.
Fiona Coghlan pictured at Champ de Mars Park in Paris today.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

IRELAND WOMEN CAPTAIN Fiona Coghlan was hoping for a bit of alone time with the World Cup trophy, at the Eiffel Tower, this afternoon but rivals kept cramping her style.

Coghlan was one of 12 captains assembled at Champ de Mars Park in Paris for an official photocall event. The experienced prop posed for group pictures with the famous, 127-year-old landmark before putting on her serious face for country versus country snaps.

Up first for Philip Doyle’s charges are the USA, this Friday, so Coghlan stood opposite Shaina Turley. Ireland’s remaining group fixtures are against the world champions New Zealand, led by Fiao’o Faamausili, and Kazakhstan, captained by Anna Yakovleva.

Fiona Coughlan, Fiao'o Faamausili, Shaina Turley and Anna Yakovleva The Group B captains assemble in Paris. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Faamausili commented, “We’re all here for the same reason, to win the World Cup. There’s definitely pressure there but it’s how we deal with it, as a captain and as a team. We’ve told the girls not to think about what’s happened in the past, it’s about what happens now. We are taking each match as it comes and just enjoying it.”

Here, courtesy of Irish Rugby TV, is the latest from the Irish camp:

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