Get to know Ireland Women’s scrum-half Larissa Muldoon

We hear you’re one of the jokers in camp…

I like to keep the buzz up and I’m probably seen as a prankster. I’m making an iMovie at the moment of the girls doing lots of random stuff.

So what’s on the iMovie?

In our pre-Six Nations camp I was dared to ask our coach, Tom Tierney, what my chances of becoming captain were. The girls got some hysterical footage of me doing it. (Captain) Niamh Briggs didn’t have a clue what was going on, so I said I was trying to push her out. I was on the floor laughing!

Niamh Briggs

Leading figure: Ireland captain Niamh Briggs makes a break. Photo: Inpho

Can you tell us about any pranks?

During last year’s Six Nations, me, Nora (Stapleton) and (Sophie) Spence got our team manager Jean Casey’s room key. We took out her ‘number ones’, stuffed the suit and set it up so it looked like someone was sitting in the room. Then we all took selfies with it.

If you could be one of your team-mates, who would it be?

It has to be Mazzie Reilly, the second-row. She’s just the funniest person I’ve ever met. She’s got the loveliest personality and we have such a laugh.

What superpower would you like to have?

Superman is my idol – I’m a big superhero fan. But I do like the thought of being a god too, like Thor.

Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?

Beyoncé – I’m a massive fan, have been since a young age. She’d probably have to sing all her big hits. You know Beyoncé has an alter ego, Sasha Fierce? I have one too: Clarissa! It’s one of my nicknames with the Welsh girls at Skewen now.


Stage presence: Beyonce performas at the Super Bowl. Photo: Getty Images

Who would be your three dream dinner-party guests?

Adele. I’ve been watching James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and she seems really down to earth. I’d have to have Brian O’Driscoll – he’s an absolute legend in my eyes. Then Beyoncé again – she could duet with Adele.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Vampire box sets. I’m not a big Twilight fan but I like The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

Any hidden talents?

No! I can’t curl my tongue. I can’t even wink!

What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought?

I’m quite good money-wise, but a few years ago me and my friends all bought matching hooded gilets. Mine was lime green and we thought we were really cool, but now I think it’s the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever bought. It’s gone now.

Larissa Muldoon

Pass master: Larissa Muldoon in action during this year’s Six Nations. Photo: Inpho

What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?

I really want to come back home to Ireland – that’s the main aim. I’d like to help develop sport in Ireland, maybe take on a role with the IRFU. I’d also love to buy a round-the-world ticket and go travelling, but I can’t do that until I’ve hung up my boots.

How would you like to be remembered?

I enjoy playing rugby and I’m very passionate and on the pitch I’m the most serious person ever, but off it I like to joke about. I’m a joker and make sure things are light-hearted. I’m not a very serious person in general – we’re here for a good time, not for a long time.

This article appeared in the March 2016 edition of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers click here, or find out how to download the digital edition here.