by Jenny Murphy

My greatest fear is losing someone close to me.

My current state of mind is hopeful! I’m staying patient with my knee rehab (after requiring surgery following an injury playing for Old Belvedere). I’m making progress and looking forward to making more small steps in the right direction.

I am happiest when sharing a deep belly laugh with friends and family, or eating something delicious. Food is a major part of my life.

My greatest achievement is playing for my country. I was lucky enough to be part of Ireland’s 2013 Grand Slam success and I was on the field when we beat New Zealand at the 2014 World Cup.

Jenny Murphy's greatest achievement. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup Pool B, FFR Headquarters, Marcoussis, Paris, France 5/8/2014 Ireland Ailis Egan, Gillian Bourke and Jenny Murphy celebrate Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool B, FFR Headquarters, Marcoussis, Paris, France 5/8/2014 Ireland Ailis Egan, Gillian Bourke and Jenny Murphy celebrate Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

If I could add any element of talent I’d move away from sport. I’d love to possess some iota of musical talent.

If money was no object my occupation and hobby would be an artist and a photographer, at the same time.

Advice for a classroom of kids is: nothing will work unless you do.

Serena Williams is my sporting hero.

Jenny Murphy's hero. Australian Open Final 31/1/2009 Serena Williams celebrates victory Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Getty Images

Australian Open Final 31/1/2009 Serena Williams celebrates victory Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Getty Images

If I could listen to one song it would be Conor Walsh – The Front.

My favourite place on the planet is a sappy answer: Colorado and Barcelona narrowly miss out as I have to say a field near my house where I grew up. I learnt to drive there, played football with my brothers there every summer so loads of great memories.

Jenny,

June 2018.

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