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Linda lines out for Six Nations

Published: January 4th 2019

The start of another new year means that the Six Nations isn’t far off. This year’s women’s tournament has extra significance for Trinity student Linda Djougang, who has been named on the squad for this year’s tournament.

The third year nursing student, who is part of Trinity Sport’s high performance programme, got the call from head coach Adam Griggs a few weeks ago. “He rang me to inform me that I’d made his Six Nations squad – it was the best Christmas present I could have asked for.”

Getting the nod from Griggs means that Linda will have a hectic January preparing for the competition, which kicks off on February 1 with a home fixture against England.

“In terms of training, we have started already with the gym and we also have weekend camps which are really good as it gives players and management an opportunity to come together and train together, play together and get to know each other.”

The prop is hoping to earn her first cap during the five-game tournament, which concludes on St Patrick’s Day in Wales.

“It will be an amazing opportunity for me if I do get the chance to wear the green jersey. My goal is obviously to represent Ireland but also to learn as much as I can every day.”

Linda, who is also part of the Leinster squad, will have a friendly ally in the Ireland set-up – fellow Trinity student and Ulster player Kathryn Dane.

“Kathryn and I are good friends. She is an amazing player and I really hope we both get the chance to share the pitch wearing the green jersey.”

Photo above shows Linda (centre) with fellow high-performance student athletes (L-R) Anna Lee and Erica Markey.

The Women’s Six Nations tournament begins on Friday, February 1. Fixtures as follows:

  • Friday February 1: Ireland v England, Donnybrook, 5pm (RTE/Sky Sports)
  • Friday February 8: Scotland v Ireland, Scotstoun, 7.35pm (RTE)
  • Saturday February 23: Italy v Ireland, Parma, 7.30pm (RTE)
  • Saturday March 9: Ireland v France, Donnybrook, 7pm (RTE)
  • Sunday March 17: Wales v Ireland, Cardiff Arms Park, 1.30pm (RTE)