Nicci Daly – Women’s World Cup profile

Debut: February 2010 v Belgium
Age (at time of World Cup): 30
Caps: 163
International goals: 14
Current club: Loreto
Previous club: Glenanne, Muckross, Holcombe
School: High School Rathgar
Position: Midfield

A speedster with skills to burn, Nicci Daly is hoping she can overcome a foot injury to take up her place in the Irish panel for the World Cup.

Since her debut in 2010, she has had a colourful career with Ireland, picking up a Champions Challenge I silver in 2014 and playing a full part in the 2016 Olympic qualifying campaign. Her club career has taken her via Glenanne, Muckross and English club Holcombe to a couple of successful spells with Loreto.

She previously played for the Dublin ladies Gaelic football team and is a keen motor-racing enthusiast, borne from her family’s history. Her late father Vivion raced in Formula Ford while her uncle Derek was a Formula One driver.

To this end, Daly has spent time in the US working with Juncos Racing and she is planning to take part in the Formula Female Race Against Cancer following the World Cup at Mondello Park.

She spent the first half of the current season in the US in Indianapolis, backing up her motor racing credentials while also coaching at University of Indiana with the Hoosiers. Daly triumphantly returned to Loreto for the second half of the campaign, playing a pivotal role in their EY Champions Trophy success.

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