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Wallaroos give back to Irish community

Tue, 15/08/2017, 2:24 am
Sam Phillips
by Sam Phillips
Wallaroos Emily Robinson and Alexandra Sulusi joined players from other international sides at the University College Dublin today to help coach local disabled players as part of Irish Rugby's Spirit program.

The Wallaroos are giving back to an Irish community that has welcomed them with open arms, with Emily Robinson and Alexandra Sulusi helping run a rugby clinic for disabled Irish kids in Dublin.

Back home, Robinson is a development officer with the Waratahs so running clinics such as the one today at the University of Dublin comes as second nature.

"We all start rugby for different reasons and when you get to do something like that and have a great experience, you remember why," Robinson said.

"You remember the joy and happiness that it brings to you.

"Everyone is here for different reasons but for me, enjoyment of rugby is a major reason as to why I play.The Wallaroos were giving back in Dublin today. Photo: ARU Media/Brendan Hertel"It definitely brightened my day and put a smile on my face."

Fresh off a 48-0 loss to France, Robinson said the time spent giving back gave both her and Sulusi a break from the grind of a World Cup.

"It was really good, it was really fun," she said.

"It was good to get a breath of fresh air.Robinson was one of two Wallaroos on hand at the University of Dublin today. Photo: ARU Media/Brendan Hertel"It takes you back to why you love rugby and gives you a bit of a breather from the eliteness, I guess, of the World Cup."

It also allowed the pair to give back to a country that has embraced all of the countries that have congregated to compete for the right to be crowned world champions.

"It was really good to help Ireland out," Robinson said.

"They've been so good to us since we've been here.

"It's been awesome."

The Wallaroos take on France in their final pool match on Friday, kicking off at 2am AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.
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