Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe says she and her teammates 'trust' that the IRFU will find the right balance between sevens and 15s rugby in the women's game.

Murphy Crowe is one of a number of the current TikTok Women's Six Nations squad who are contracted to the Sevens programme.

However, with a vital sevens world series event in Canada clashing with Ireland's final Six Nations game against Scotland at the end of April, it's likely to mean several of Ireland's key 15s players - Murphy Crowe included - will be unavailable to head coach Greg McWilliams in the latter stage of the championship.

The Tipperary wing, who scored Ireland's first try in Saturday's 27-19 defeat to Wales, says with the sevens team targeting World Cup qualification later this year, they have to trust the IRFU's decision makers.

"It is a balance alright but we put all our trust in Greg (McWilliams), Aidan (McNulty) our sevens coach and David Nucifora (IRFU Performance Director). The three of them are going decide what's best for the team at the time," the 26-year-old said.

"It’s obviously a huge year for Sevens and doing so well in Seville has grown the Sevens game. We’re all about putting Irish Sevens on the map at the moment but having the backing of the 15s girls is amazing.

"It’s almost like having this one united team together, pushing you on and it’s not like two separate sides trying to take on the World Cup on your own.

"They’ve made it quite clear what priorities lie ahead for the Sevens programme, just that we have to qualify for the World Cup this summer and hopefully head to Cape Town in September."

While Murphy Crowne only made her Ireland 15s debut in last year's championship, she has quickly established herself as an important member of the squad.

As Ireland's record tryscorer in sevens she's proven to know her way to the line, while she's been equally prolific in the 15s game, with last Saturday's try against Wales making it four in seven senior caps.

The Railway Union clubwoman is likely to retain her place in the starting line-up for this Saturday's Round 2 meeting with France in Toulouse.

And while Ireland began their campaign with a defeat against the Welsh, she says there is a feel-good atmosphere around the Ireland squad under their new coach Greg McWilliams.

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"The most positive part (of Round 1 against Wales) was the 6000-plus people who came out and supported us. They cheered us on from start to finish, they were even cheering and singing in the warm-up and right to the final whistle.

"A crowd like that gives you so much more power, although we weren’t winning you could still feel that energy in the last 10 minutes of the game and we were very grateful for it.

"It's been amazing having the new coaching ticket, Greg is so encouraging and just builds so much confidence in every player. We did quite a lot of team bonding and culture stuff which has really helped us. Getting to know each other is another element that you can add to a culture.

"You want girls trying new things but you also want to see them doing their 'super-strengths' as we call them, keep that ticking away while also encouraging new things.

"We have a game plan but they encourage you to be yourself and be creative if you see something that is on. If you see it and your gut tells you then I think you should go with your gut and they back you," she added.

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