Our 12 Girls in Green: Paula Fitzpatrick
August 4, 2017 12:00 pm Marcus Ó Buachalla
The 31 year old lecturer in Carlow IT is facing into her second Rugby World Cup and the St. Mary’s woman is hoping to scale similar heights to 2014.
Name: Paula Fitzpatrick
Club: St. Mary’s College RFC
Position: Back Row
Born: Dublin, Aug 12, 1985
Debut: v France, 2012 Six Nations
Occupation: Sports Science Lecturer
World Cup Experience: Second World Cup
Did You Know: Fitzpatrick spent a season, at her own expense, with Toulouse in the French Top 8 in 2016 to get more experience of rugby in a different environment. While this season, in the absence of the injured Niamh Briggs, Fitzpatrick was the Irish captain for the 2017 6 Nations campaign.
WRWC 2017 Fixtures:
Pool C –
Ireland v Australia, UCD Bowl, 7pm, Wednesday, August 9
Ireland v Japan, UCD Bowl, 5.15pm, Sunday, August 13
France v Ireland, UCD Bowl, 7.45pm, Thursday, August 17
For more on the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup, visit the tournament website – www.rwcwomens.com. Any remaining match tickets for #WRWC2017 are now on www.ticketmaster.ie/wrwc2017.
IRELAND WRWC 2017 Squad – Backs (13): Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster) (capt), Eimear Considine (UL Bohemians/Munster), Mairead Coyne (Galwegians/Connacht), Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemians/Munster) *, Jeamie Deacon (Blackrock/Leinster), Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock/Leinster), Claire McLaughlin (Cooke/Ulster), Alison Miller (Old Belvedere/Connacht), Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union), Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Sene Naoupu (Harlequins), Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster).
Forwards (15): Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke/Ulster), Anna Caplice (UL Bohemians/Munster), Ciara Cooney (Railway Union/Leinster), Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s/Leinster), Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians/Munster), Leah Lyons (Highfield/Munster), Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht), Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union/Leinster), Heather O’Brien (Highfield/Munster), Ciara O’Connor (Galwegians/Connacht), Ruth O’Reilly (Galwegians/Connacht), Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster), Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster).
* Denotes uncapped player