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Sapphire promises to shine for Ulster

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Sapphire promises to shine for Ulster thumbnailSapphire Dudley is hoping to nail down a regular starting position for Ulsterís womenís rugby team in 2018.

CLOUGHMILLS rugby player Sapphire Dudley says there is no reason why she can't become a regular starter for the Ulster women's team - and has made that her objective looking ahead to next season.
Dudley was named in Ulster's reserve squad for the Interprovincial campaign, which kicked-off at the start of the month and continued on Saturday with a trip to Munster. The third and final game of the series is with Connacht in Belfast this weekend, although the twenty-four-year old admits making an appearance, either in the starting line-up or as a substitute, is unlikely given her on-going injury woes.
The second row player has struggled for much of the year with both hip and lower back problems, with this also affecting her performances for club side Ballynahinch. "Ulster just aren't happy to put me forward when I'm in this position, which is understandable. At club level I have more of a say," Dudley told Chronicle Sport. "Just being selected by Ulster for the Interprovincials was something of a bonus.

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