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Joe McCarthy’s Rugby Journey: Drawing Inspiration from American Football and Staying True to the Six Nations

Ireland’s standout rugby player, Joe McCarthy, finds inspiration in American football, particularly the defensive aspects of the game.

Despite his admiration for NFL defensive players like Maxx Crosby and retired star JJ Watt, the Leinster lock, born in New York, has no plans to switch to an NFL career, unlike former Wales wing Louis Rees-Zammit.

McCarthy, who earned the man of the match title on his Six Nations debut against France, watched the Super Bowl with his teammates, emphasizing the importance of defense in winning championships. While expressing his enjoyment of the attention that comes with playing at the international level, McCarthy confirmed his commitment to rugby, stating he’ll stick with the sport.

Having secured his place in the second row for Ireland’s recent 36-0 victory over Italy, McCarthy reflects on his journey, including missing last year’s Six Nations due to injury and becoming the youngest member of Andy Farrell’s World Cup squad.

Despite facing challenges like an ankle injury in the 2023 Six Nations, McCarthy feels ready for the upcoming matches against Wales, England, and Scotland in the Guinness Six Nations.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way


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