Adam Griggs Irelands head coach and team captain Cliodhna Moloney have been impressed by the sevens superstar Stacey Floods performance in the XV’s squad the past few rounds.
She was an impact player from off the bench as she entered the game in the last few minutes, they fell heavy against the French side. But Flood still had enough time to give the Ireland side the spark they needed to get their footing back, but time ran out in the end with a heavy 41 point defeat.
Floor’s presence in the game made a huge impact as she stood out with her promising kills. Her Sevens background proved to be of much help for the Ireland side.
Its the 24 year old’s second cap of the bigger format, but flood 7s career has been a very flourishing one, as she has been a staple name in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The playmaker showed her extensive playmaking skills in both games, her team management skills also stood out of the field, and her passing was as impressive as her family background.
Flood is one of five sevens starts to dawn the XV’s jersey with Eve Higgins, Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, and Emily Lane the others. Griggs was quoted to have said that the sevens ladies were expected to bring in the “x-factor” for the irish ladies in the XV’s format. And he has been more than pleased with how the 7s ladies have settled in the bigger game.
“Stacey is obviously a proven performer on the Sevens series,” he told The42 in a media briefing this afternoon. “What we like about her is the way that she can see the game.
“She’s got a really good rugby IQ, she’s been playing it for a long time at a high level. The last couple of performances from her have been top-notch, coming off the bench and adding impact, which we’ve asked her to do.
“What we like about her is she plays heads up rugby and she’s starting to learn more and more that in the 15s game, there is still a framework that we can work off that allows for her to express herself and show some of that talent she has.”