12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Italy were in control but we weathered the storm and once we got into our stride we scored some good tries - we were disappointed to concede a try in the last play of the game though.
I always assumed France was warm, so when packing I was a bit naive to the freezing blizzards that they were having. I had to borrow clothes all weekend to stay warm.
We knew it was going to be a tough task to play France away from home but we were confident after defeating them last year.
However, we just did not turn up on the night and France deserved the win. The welcome and reception we received in France was unbelievable.
The entire town was involved in the game and they were running Irish events all week, to celebrate the match. At the game itself there was a boisterous crowd of 5,000 French supporters with a few Irish flags in between.
The post-match function was a spectacle - brass band, street entertainers and a sit down meal for 500 people - they know how to entertain guests in style!
Next up was the English game, again away from home. We got off to the worst possible start, leaking two tries in the first 7 minutes.
After that we decided to start playing and exerted a good bit of pressure on the English, but again they showed their class and capitalised on our mistakes to score two further tries.
There has been much talk about the fact that we were the first team to score against them so far in the Championship, but you can take little comfort from that, these games are about winning and that's all that counts.
So now we have two huge games at home. We play Wales this Friday in Ashbourne, and they are team that we have only beaten once.
We have analysed our performances after each game and we know that if we can play consistently for the 80 minutes we can beat these teams, now we must put it into practice.
We finish the Championship at home against Scotland next week, a team that had a great win over France. So as it stands it is difficult to see how it will finish up.
Last week we were invited on 'The Afternoon Show' on RTE Television, so myself, Orla Brennan and Amy Davis made our way to Montrose to take part in a live interview.
We had a great time, seeing how live television runs and were amazed at how calm it all was. It gave us great exposure, as it had a large audience.
But note to everyone, when on national television make sure you mention your team-mates and wonderful coaches and management. I failed to do this and I can sense a large fine coming my way at the end of the season!
I loved being in front of the camera but that's because they weren't trying to catch me out. If anyone has been keeping up with our blogs and videos on www.ScrumQueens.com, our scrum half Tania (Rosser) has some way of making me do stupid things all the time and catches them on camera!
In fairness to her though, she is doing a great job and is entertaining us all looking back on them.
So only two weeks left, hopefully we can get two home wins and finish the Championship on a high.
- Blog is reproduced with permission from ScrumQueens.com
Related Links -
Ireland Women's players on 'The Afternoon Show' (Interview starts at 1hr 9min)