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Ireland have great chance of winning Women's World Cup, says New Zealand star

Dublin Live logo Dublin Live 08/08/2017 John Patrick-Kierans
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Ireland have a great chance of winning the Women's Rugby World Cup, according to New Zealand star Charlene Gubb.

But the 29-year-old lock also believes her Black Ferns side could win the tournament, despite a defeat to England in June.

Ms Gubb told Dublin Live: "We arrived in Dublin on Tuesday. It's been really good - we got rid of the jet lag and have been working on the same things we were doing in Auckland.

"We're going into the game tomorrow with a lot of confidence. We're pretty confident about the tournament too. I mean we have to come in thinking we've got a chance or else there's no use in being here.

"We're feeling good...I think going into that game (England match), the majority of the girls had only a few games under their belt, whereas England came in after the Six Nations.

"They definitely looked like a much better unit than us in June but I think that loss is going to help us in the long run.

"We're definitely not the same team as we were in June."

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Speaking about any hope of Ireland lifting the trophy in a few weeks time, she said: "Do Ireland have a chance? Absolutely.

"They're obviously underdogs but they've got a strong team with some pretty tall girls in their side, so yeah, I think they've a chance."

The Black Ferns have been staying in UCD Student accommodation ahead of their first clash with Wales tomorrow.

They lifted the World Cup in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010.

Ireland kick-off their tournament against Australia in the UCD bowl at 7pm tomorrow.

Charlene Gubb was speaking at a grassroots initiative with AIG coaching 30 young kids


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