12 Leinster Women named in Ireland squad for November Internationals
September 24, 2018 1:30 pm Site Editor
Ireland Women’s Head Coach Adam Griggs has named his squad ahead of their November Series against USA and England.
Griggs has included nine new faces in the squad with six uncapped players and three uncapped development players.
12 Leinster Rugby players have been selected following the team’s Interprovincial Championship success earlier this month.
The uncapped Emma Hooban, Ellen Murphy and Juliet Short are named, and Daisy Earl is one of three development players included in the 31-woman squad.
Speaking about the squad selection Griggs said: “The coaching group are really excited to name this side for the November Series. We are up against two good teams and it’s a good chance to blood new talent and get in preparation ahead of the Six Nations.
“This year we have included three development players into the panel, they are going to be fully immersed in the squad with an eye on fast-tracking their development and making sure in a year or two they will be ready to go at international level. In saying that when they come in to compete with the other players in the squad, if they are doing their job well, they have every chance of being selected.
“A number of the squad, including the likes of Claire Molloy, are playing in the English Tyrrells Premiership or have qualified through the IQ Rugby system which is really helping us identify and add to our pathway for the female players. We’re working closely with our colleagues in IQ Rugby and special mention must go to Wayne Mitchell who has helped us throughout our screening days over the summer, along with his and IQ Rugby’s continued support of the players which helps us to stay in contact with their clubs and monitor them to ensure we are up to date on their performances and wellbeing.
“All in all, we are looking forward to the season ahead and getting the games underway.”
Tickets for Ireland’s home game against the USA at Energia Park are available now at ticketmaster.ie.
Ireland Women’s Squad
Enya Breen (Bantry Bay/Munster) *
Anna Caplice (Richmond/IQ Rugby)
Nikki Caughey (Railway Union/Leinster)
Michelle Claffey (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
Eimear Considine (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Ciara Cooney (Railway Union/Leinster)
Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Jeamie Deacon (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
Lauren Delany (Firwood Waterloo/IQ Rugby) *
Daisy Earl (Railway Union/Leinster) *^
Laura Feely (Galwegians/Connacht)
Nicole Fowley (Galwegians/Connacht)
Nichola Fryday (Tullamore/Connacht)
Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Emma Hooban (St Mary’s College/Leinster) *
Ailsa Hughes (Railway Union/Leinster)
Leah Lyons (Harlequins/IQ Rugby)
Aoife McDermott (Railway Union/Leinster)
Claire McLaughlin (Cooke/Ulster)
Edel McMahon (Galwegians/Connacht)
Sarah Mimnagh (Wasps/IQ Rugby)
Claire Molloy (Wasps/IQ Rugby)
Cliodhna Moloney (Wasps/IQ Rugby)
Ellen Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster) *
Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe RFC/Connacht) *^
Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster)
Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemian/Munster)
Aoibheann Reilly (Ballinasloe RFC/Connacht) *^
Laura Sheehan (UL Bohemian/Munster) *
Juliet Short (Railway Union/Leinster) *
*Denotes Uncapped at this Level
^ Denotes Development Player
Ireland Women’s Team – November Internationals:
Ireland v USA (Energia Park, Sunday, 18th November 2018, KO 1pm)
England v Ireland (Twickenham Stadium, Saturday, 24th November 2018, KO 6.30pm)