A passion for rugby and a view to the future


12/09/2019



By NSW Rugby Media Unit

Irene Tyler is one of the most passionate people about women in rugby that you will meet.

As an integral member of Eastwood Rugby Club, and the brains behind Mount St Benedict College’s new rugby training program, Irene wants to help other girls feel part of something greater than themselves, always encouraging inclusivity, acting with integrity and showing respect for all.

Irene was recognised for her hard work at the recent NSW Rugby Awards Night where she was presented with the Girls Player of the Year Award.

“When I went to receive my award it honestly felt like a dream,” Tyler said.

“I was very proud of myself, my hard work and the community that I have helped to build with the Eastwood Rugby girls,” she said.

Crediting her award to the support of her dad, Irene said there is something special about the bond she shares with her team and the game.

“My favourite thing about rugby is the community that surrounds the game,” Irene said.

“The Eastwood girls are so important to me and I love that I am a part of something greater than myself and I want to help others to feel this way too.”

Growing up at Eastwood Rugby Club watching her dad, Irene said she always loved being around the sport but it was the Australian women’s rugby team’s performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games that inspired her to pursue the sport.

“The Australian girls were achieving so much playing the sport that I loved and it made me want to push myself even harder and work towards being able to play like them one day.

“They showed Australia that women can play rugby and they can succeed at it too,” she said.

Irene said receiving the award made her realise her potential and the opportunities that are open to her.

“I’m going to take up whatever opportunities are available to build my skills and help me to develop my understanding of the game,” she said.

“I hope to be able to have a career where I can contribute to rugby in some capacity and hopefully leave a long-lasting impact.”


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