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Moriarty more than ready for Ireland

07 April 2012

  • Ross Moriarty ready for Irish test
  • we’ve trained well all week – Moriarty
England U18 flanker Ross Moriarty

Photo: Raul Garcia

On the back of England Under 18’s win against Wales in the FIRA tournament semi-final, one man had a smile broader than most.

England and Gloucester flanker Ross Moriarty, son of former Welsh international Paul, played his part in the victory, scoring his team’s second try in the 22-16 victory. 

Now with Ireland in today's final in Madrid, live on (KO 15:45pm BST), the 17-year-old can’t wait to get out there. 

“It was brilliant to get the win against Wales to be honest,” said the St. Helens born back row.

England U18 flanker Ross Moriarty

Photo: Raul Garcia

"Definitely one of the best feelings I’ve had on the rugby field and I hope that there are no hard feelings. I’ve still got a lot of friends in Wales and I grew up there, but I’m proud to represent England.

“I spoke to my dad after the game and he was really chuffed that I’d scored and that we’d won. The mood in the changing room afterwards was great and we just want to keep that momentum going now.

“We’re focused on Ireland, we’ve trained well all week and we know it will be a tough game. We only just beat France and Ireland did the same – so there’s probably not too much between the sides, but we’re confident in ourselves and hopefully we can go out there and do ourselves justice.”