She resisted rugby’s lure at first, but her talent suggested otherwise and when Leinster and Ireland began to take note there was no turning back – although she did venture back to Croke Park to play for Donegal in their 2010 All-Ireland Intermediate final win over Waterford. In an interview with the Donegal News last year, Stapleton remembered watching a friend, Ciaran O’Gorman, head off to play rugby.
“Girls just weren’t allowed to play rugby at that time where I was,” she said.
Briggs followed up with a stunning conversion from the touchline and although Brazier managed to bring New Zealand level at 14-all, a final penalty from Briggs with 10 minutes left was enough to seal a stunning victory.
Stapleton was in the thick of it during a frenetic second half with a relieving clearance lifting one particular New Zealand siege.
Castagnoli and Hero were voted as the 2010 Tag Team of the Year by Wrestling Observer Newsletter readers.
Always having an interest in a broad spectrum of sports she headed off to try her hand at a new game.
The Black Ferns were unbeaten in the competition since 1991 – before the Irish women’s team was even born.
The first game for the Irish women’s team was on St Valentine’s Day 1993 and a 10-0 loss to Scotland in a game for which the players bought their own kits.
Together, Castagnoli, Cannon, and Hero formed the Kings of Wrestling faction. On April 22, 2007, at Rey de Voladores Hero defeated Castagnoli and as per stipulation of the match Castagnoli was forced to re-join the Kings of Wrestling. On September 22, 2007, at Cibernetico & Robin the Kings of Wrestling faced Los Luchadores in the annual torneo cibernetico match.
Cannon left the promotion at the end of 2005, leaving Hero and Castagnoli to form a regular tag team. The following month Hero, Castagnoli and Larry Sweeney joined forces with Team F. The Kings won the match with Hero, Castagnoli and Mitch Ryder as the survivors, but since the match could only have one winner, they were forced to face each other. the two of them were booked in a "Respect Match" on November 22, 2009, at the season eight finale Three-Fisted Tales, where the loser of the match had to show respect to the winner.