Jasmine Joyce column – Going out with a bang for Italy

Jaz column

Venue: Cardiff Arms Park Date:Saturday, April 30, Time:12:00 BST
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Jasmine Joyce, Olympic Sevens star and Wales wing talk about her experience with the Six Nations, how it ended on a high note, her duty as role model, and what she looks forward to for her summer vacation.

France was always going the toughest. Although they are the third-ranked team in the world, it doesn't make the outcome any less disappointing.

We believed we could win.

Our performance is not perfect, but it does show that we have some ideas of what we are working towards.

We had another slow start, which is something that we can't afford in international rugby against top teams.

This week we will work hard to improve it. We need to be ready to fire the first whistle.

We want the 20-minutes that are left to us to be ours. We will fight for Italy with all of our might.

We showed how strong we are against England. We only lost five points against the top team in the world in the first quarter, according to me.

We can do it! It is all about having that mindset, knowing we will be strong in the last 50 minutes.

No underestimating Italy

Although we have been underdogs the past two rounds, I believe people expect us to win against Italy at home. It will be a difficult task.

They arrive in Cardiff fresh from a win against Scotland, and have just announced some contracts for their players. They will be enthusiastic and eager to show their potential.

It is up to us to believe in ourselves and put in an 80-minute performance to finish the campaign on high.

We want to be proud of ourselves, and so many people are coming to see us. We also want to make them proud and thank them all for their support.

The support this year was incredible. In addition to the record crowd against Scotland of nearly 5,000, almost 3,000 people attended the Arms Park on Friday evening for the kick-off at 8 p.m. Although we expected less, it was still amazing to see so many people.

Jaz Joyce with fans
Jasmine Joyce would like to thank her family and friends who supported her after France's defeat

The larger picture

Every game ends with us extending our thanks to the fans. Although it is difficult to show courage after a loss in international rugby, it is not easy to do so.

In the long-term, however, playing for Wales will have a significant impact on the game. We want to encourage the growth of the game.

We are role models, and we want to inspire the next generation. Therefore, it is crucial that we take the time and speak with young boys and girls who would like to be in our shoes.

We are excited for the final round. With the contracts in place, we have made a lot of progress since January.

Although it was hard work, I will not lie. We want to finish the Six Nations on top and give a great show.

We were realistically looking for three wins. However, we believed that we could beat England & France.

We will finish third in the championship if we beat Italy. This is a significant improvement over last year's wooden spoon.

The six campaigns I was involved in with Wales have not seen us finish above fourth, which would be a sign of our progress.

Jaz Joyce
Wales women train in the Vale Resort near Cardiff

Going out with a bang

This week will be very difficult at camp. We are currently in Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. While we have some tired bodies and some niggles, many of us have not stopped playing since January.

We are going to give it our all and do what we did against Ireland, Scotland, and make the country proud.

Many of us will be returning to our Premier 15s clubs after the tournament, particularly those who were involved in teams that are competing for the top four.

My team Bristol will take on Harlequins then Exeter.

We are all anticipating June, when we will have a month off. Almost everyone has booked a vacation that we can't wait to enjoy.

Italy, however, is the first thing to be done.

We are looking to perform well, place third, and feel confident going into the World Cup in Oct.

Jasmine Joyce spoke to Ceri Coleman-Phillips, BBC Sport Wales.

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