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Chloe Pearse steers Munster Rugby to Women’s Interprovincial Victory

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Chloe Pearse – Munster have won their first Women’s Interprovincial ‘Inter-pro’ title in four years with a stunning performance against Leinster at Energia Park on Saturday, September 11. 

Chloe Pearse steers Munster Rugby to Women’s Interprovincial Victory

By I Love Limerick correspondent Rachel Petticrew

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Scoring a hattrick of tries against Ulster in the semi-final, Pearse went on to score two strong tries against Leinster to bring Munster to victory, winning player-of-the-match along the way.


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Munster have won their first Women’s Interprovincial ‘Inter-pro’ title in four years with a stunning performance against Leinster at Energia Park on Saturday, September 11. 

Captained by Sarah Quinn, the team have won three games in two weeks, aided by electric performances from UL Bohemian’s prop Chloe Pearse. 

“We did feel going into the game that we had enough behind us to win it. We went behind at one stage, but thankfully we stuck to our system, and it paid off in the end,” Pearse told I Love Limerick. 

“Not making it to the final two years prior was bitterly disappointing, and narrowly losing out in 2018 on points difference was heartbreaking, so getting the win, especially away in Dublin, was unbelievable.” 

Scoring a hattrick of tries against Ulster in the semi-final, Pearse went on to score two strong tries against Leinster to bring Munster to victory, winning player-of-the-match along the way. 

Commenting on her recent success, Pearse said, “I think I’ve just been lucky to be part of a very cohesive team where everyone understands their role and trusts me to do my job. I’ve had a lot more rugby under my belt over the summer being on the Irish extended panel for the World Cup Qualifiers,” said Pearse.

With an impressive Inter-pro victory in the bag, Pearse is focused on gaining national caps in the near future. 

“I’ve been involved with the Irish team for the last 18 months, but I have missed out on selection when it’s mattered. I would like to be back involved in a match day 23,” admits Pearse.

Despite her heightening career, Pearse is also fully committed to another season with home club UL Bohemians.

“The goal is to win back the All Ireland League title,” stated Pearse.

“We lost the final to Railway Union in 2019 and we were in a good place in the 2020 season before Covid-19 struck, so that’s something we’ll be striving for this season.”

The Women’s Interprovincial Championship has been broadcast on TG4 this season, a landmark first for women’s rugby. 

This coverage has lead to increased attention being paid to the sport, with many praising Pearse’s ability.

“For young girls to be able to see female rugby, soccer, or camogie players on the tv, that helps them to see from a very young age that they too can represent their country, province or county,” Pearse commented. 

“My favourite players growing up were all male players because that’s the exposure I got. I wanted to be the next Paul O Connell. Now, girls can want to be the next Nicole Cronin or Clodagh O’Halloran. I hope more providers start to promote the game like TG4 did this season so young girls can turn on the TV week in, week out and see their heroes.” 

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