“I’ve never experienced anything on the scale of Rio” the former England women captain, who represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 2016 told World Rugby.
It took the Great Britain player to get over their loss at the “phenomenal” Rio Olympics , missing out on taking home a medal.
Daley-Mclean was a starter in all of Great Britain’s six matches at Rio 2016, even scoring in the 40-0 Pool C victory over the Japanese women and upcoming hosts and kicking a further 12 points as rugby returned to the Games.
But, as they topped Pool C and beat the Fijiana women in the quarter-finals, the team faced a challenging opponent; New Zealand. The New Zealand women beat Great Britain 25-7 which ended their hopes of leaving Brazil with a gold medal.
Great Britain then suffered a devastating loss against the Canadians in the battle for bronze. The final score, 33-10. Earlier in the pool stages they beat Canada 22-0
“Of course, our target is to get a medal,” she said. “The colour should be gold.”
“Rio was absolutely phenomenal. I think the hardest thing probably for all the girls that played for GB was the result,” Daley-Mclean told World Rugby.
“Coming fourth is a pretty brutal place to come. I think it took a while to be able to separate the result and experience. For me, probably when it first ended in 2016, it was all wrapped up as one.
“But, actually [I was able] just to be extremely proud… to go represent GB in an Olympics, for us being so close to a bronze medal.
“But, just to experience a multi-sport tournament. It was absolutely phenomenal. I’ve never experienced anything on the scale that Rio was and to be in a Team GB block with the great Andy Murray, people like that, that you’ve just kind of grown up watching.
“To share an experience with them, that was huge.”
‘A HUGE HONOUR’
Daley-Mclean and the rest of the Great Britain team-mates remained in Rio for five days after the rugby tournament had ended, which gave them an opportunity to explore and immerse themselves in what the Games had to offer.
It was an experience that had not been available to rugby players for almost a century, while Rio 2016 was the first Games to feature a women’s rugby tournament of any kind.