Cole Carroll: Being Cole!
Practice makes perfect, a statement Cole Carroll is all too familiar with. The 22 year-old from Allenwood Co. Kildare, Ireland, can regularly be found practising goal kicking and other drills long after training has finished. Ireland international Johnny Sexton, describes this as "doing the extras" and it's not worked out too bad for him! Throwing her hat into the ring as a potential future international star, Cole has played rugby all over the World and currently plays for both Suttonians and Leinster Women, I recently interviewed her find out a little bit more about being Cole!
1. How did you get involved in Rugby and the Leinster set up?
"Three of my close pals from GAA hauled me over to play a game one Sunday for Cill Dara RFC and I have been in love with it ever since
"My coaches at Cill Dara put me forward for Leinster u19 trials and I got to play a season with them, this was really the first taste of competitive rugby for me. I then went to Fiji the following summer and fell deeper into my rugby obsession (but who wouldn’t in Fiji?). I then decided to study rugby at college. Adam Griggs then gave me a chance in the panel last season and fortunately the hard work paid off when this year I got to pull on the jersey for my debut at home in Donnybrook v Connacht, eventually finishing the interior series v Munster in Thomond Park"
2. Do you have any guilty pleasures?
" Definitely cant live without naps, peanut butter and fresh runners - they are essential!"
3. Do you play any other position other than fly-half?
" I have played at every position across the back-line at some stage but I would always drift into that fly half position.I like full back because you have a sweet view of the park but my favourite position is undoubtedly fly half, bit of a bossy bi*ch, so it fits".
4. You've played rugby at several great tournaments, what is the best 7s tournament you've been to?
" Dubai 7s was a big one, obviously an amazing experience and one that is hard to beat however, (it’s not strictly 7s) but the RugbySpy Ibiza 10’s tournament was special, a great event with a top crew on the party island!
5. Who is the funniest team mate you've played with?
"Funniest team mate I have ever played with is Roisin O’Driscoll, although most of the time I’m probably laughing at her!"
6. How would you describe the current level of Womens rugby over in Ireland?
"The level of rugby here is growing every year, with more players coming into the game, more girls starting younger, better coaching and Irish teams doing well is motivational for everyone"
7. Who is the toughest team you've played against?
" Toughest team I have ever played against was UL. During my time with Institute of Technology Carlow, we met the Munster side every year and in most All Ireland Finals, always a tough battle with them".
8. What's you long term goal in rugby?
" My long term rugby goal is to play for Ireland and prove myself at that level".