The Ireland Women’s Olympic Sevens squad to participate in the Atlanta Rugby Sevens event on the 15th – 16th February as part of the 2013/14 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series – has been named.

Connacht have two representatives in the squad, Aoife Doyle joining Buccaneer’s Niamh Ni Dhroma.
 
The squad includes three new players who have been identified as part of the IRFU’s on-going talent identification programme.  The programme, which is open to the wider athletic and team sport community, offers elite athletes the opportunity to join an Olympic programme in what is a new and exciting international female sport.
 
Ireland have been drawn in a strong group in Pool B alongside New Zealand, England and The Netherlands and Aisling Naughton, Aoife Doyle, Elaine Ryan, Laura Walsh, Megan Williams, Nicola Cronin and Susan Vaughan travel to the USA to make their international sevens debuts.
 
Head Coach, Jon Skurr said
“A lot of hard work has gone in to get us to this point so far.  It’s a big year for Irish women’s rugby, there’s a lot going on and one of our jobs is to extend the player base that we’ve got, so that we’ve got more people competing, which is why our talent identification process is so important.“We’ve got a number of new caps going. It’s going to be tough, but I feel we’re really going to progress as the season goes on as these players develop their ability to play international rugby at the top level.”Team Captain Shannon Houston said,
“It is so exciting and such a privilege to represent Ireland on the international stage.  Taking part in the World Series is daunting but we know that by working together and working hard that we can take on anyone.”
 
IRELAND OLYMPIC WOMEN’S SEVENS Squad (ATLANTA 15-16 FEB):

 

First Name

Surname

Club

Province

1

Aisling

Naughton

TALENT ID PROGRAMME

 

2

Aoife

Doyle

Shannon

Munster

3

Christine

Arthurs

Tralee

Connacht

4

Claire

Keohane

UL Bohs

Munster

5

Elaine

Ryan

TALENT ID PROGRAMME

 

6

Laura

O Mahony

Tralee

Munster

7

Laura

Walsh

TALENT ID PROGRAMME

 

8

Megan

Williams

Saracens

Exiles

9

Niamh

Ni Dhroma

Buccaneers

Connacht

10

Nicole

Cronin

Shannon

Munster

11

Nikki

Caughey

Harlequins

Ulster

12

Shannon

Houston

Blackrock

Leinster

13

Siobhan

Barrett

Tralee

Munster

14

Susan

Vaughan

Railway Union

Leinster

Sat, 15 February 2014
IRELAND v ENGLAND,14.50 hrs Atlanta time
IRELAND vNEW ZEALAND,17.12hrs Atlanta time
IRELAND v NETHERLANDS, 19:56hrs Atlanta timeRelated Links –
http://wsws.irb.com/index.html

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