DIT Business Studies student Katie Heffernan is Loving Life in the Green Jersey
7 July 2017
18-year-old Katie Heffernan is one of the youngest members of the current squad and is bedding in nicely at senior level.
According to the latest IRFU News Heffernan has been marked out as a Sevens player of great potential, coming successfully through the underage development pathway having played Sevens for Ireland at the UK School Games in recent seasons and captaining the Ireland U-18 Girls to bronze at last September's competition and also playing at the subsequent U-18 Europeans in Vichy.
"I played two years with the Irish Under-18s and then I got the call-up to come senior last July after my Leaving Cert. Since then, it's been a great road of rugby and I'm loving every minute of it. It's been a great year for us," Heffernan told Midlands 103. "We've been around the world with the World Series and thankfully we did enough to qualify for next season's series. It's great to see a bit of the world as well, but it's all about the rugby for me. It's always been a dream to put on the green jersey.
"Just to get a chance to do it at such a young age, which is great. Every time I put it on it's very special. When we get presented with our jersey the night before the tournament, you kinda step back and realise what you're doing. And then when it comes to match day, you have your 'head on', you know you're wearing the jersey for a reason and you just have to perform."
The Ireland Women's seven squad have successfully qualified for next summer's 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in San Francisco.