5 Minutes With... Anna Caplice

We catch up with the 'enthusiastic' Irish back row to talk comebacks, music and keeping track of the score... 

Having picked up just one win in their opening eight league outings, Richmond have turned the corner with two wins on the spin, against Bristol and Firwood Waterloo. As if that wasn’t enough, the fact both those wins have come from losing positions at the break are testament to the strength developing across the women’s section. Not that everyone knew what was going on...

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“I actually didn’t know the score at half time last week and thought we were in the lead,” Anna Caplice said earlier this week. “That was the kind of confidence we were feeling at the end of the first half. There is still a lot to iron out but we’re in a really good place and want to drive it on now.

“I think we’ve under-performed this year. We’ve actually held the lead a few time against teams and didn’t work hard enough to hold onto it. We learned a lot from that, and that’s why we’ve got the results we did from the past two games. We have three more opportunities to do that now before Christmas, and while it’s going to get tougher, we’re buzzing for the next few games. If we can jump a few more teams in the table, I’ll be very happy!”

Caplice has certainly got reason to be happy. After a few years playing for Munster back at home, the Irish crackerjack has returned to Richmond for a second stint, and after scoring the winning try in the comeback against Bristol, she crossed for a stunner against Firwood Waterloo that was voted try of the week. “It's been a real rollercoaster so far with some really tough days out, then some great performances and wins,” she explains. “It's pretty amazing to be back here and experience the new Tyrrell's Premier 15s Competition.  The buzz around rugby here in this part of London is something really special and you can't get away from it. I love that!”

Off the pitch, she’s been showcasing her musical skills on In The Shed, too, and she says the rest of the women have some musical talent going!

“I have been known to whip out the tin whistle to provide entertainment,” she says. “I’ve also introduced a few Irish ballads which we’ve been singing, and I love it because it means a lot to me to sing with my teammates. In my eyes any rugby team is also a choir – and we’re not bad at Richmond!” Hit the right notes on the field this Sunday, and this side will be ticking along very nicely indeed...

Next game: Worcester Valkyries (H), Sunday, midday