An Ireland Women’s squad of 31 players has been named for the forthcoming RBS Women’s 6 Nations Championship…

Ireland Coach, Philip Doyle has included a number of seasoned internationals alongside some new faces who have emerged this season. Fiona Coghlan will captain the side for her third season.

Speaking of his selection Doyle said: I’m delighted with the squad this year. We have a lot of young and upcoming players coming through the system. Selection was the toughest since the World Cup which bodes well for the forthcoming Six Nations Tournament.”

Ireland open their campaign with a home fixture on Friday, 3rd February and will again make Ashbourne RFC in Meath their home for the tournament.

Ireland Women’s Squad:

Christine Arthurs (Tralee – Connacht)*
Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins – Ulster)*
Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemian -Munster)
Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemian – Munster)
Helen Brosnan (Highfield – Munster)
Lynne Cantwell (Exile)
Nikki Caughey (Belfast Harlequins – Ulster)*
Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemian – Leinster)
Amy Davis (Blackrock – Leinster)

Grace Davitt (Cooke – Ulster)
Lauren Day (Cooke – Ulster)
Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere – Leinster)
Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary´s – Leinster)*

Siobhan Fleming (Tralee – Munster)*
Laura Guest (Highfield – Munster)
Shannon Houston (Blackrock – Leinster)
Ashling Hutchings (UL Bohemian – Munster)*
Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemian – Munster)
Stacey-Lea Kennedy (City of Derry – Ulster)
Glenda Mellon (City of Derry – Ulster)*
Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Highfield – Connacht)
Claire Molloy (Bristol – Exile)
Larissa Muldoon (Exile / UWIC – Ulster)
Joy Neville (UL Bohemian – Munster)
Heather O’Brien (Highfield – Munster)
Laura O’Mahony (Tralee – Munster)*
Ruth O’Reilly (Galwegians – Connacht)*
Marie – Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere – Leinster)
Tanya Rosser (Blackrock – Leinster)

Sophie Spence (Exile)*
Carol Staunton (Galwegians – Connacht)

*Denotes uncapped Player

Ireland Women’s 6 Nations 2012 Fixtures (all times are local to where the games are being played):

Fri, 3rd Feb Ireland v Wales Ashbourne RFC 19.30hrs
Sat, 11th Feb France v Ireland Stade de Hameau, Pau 18.30hrs
Fri, 24th Feb Ireland v Italy Ashbourne RFC 19.30hrs
Fri, 9th Mar Ireland v Scotland Ashbourne RFC 19.30hrs
Sat, 17th Mar England v Ireland Esher RFC, London 14.30hrs