The Ireland Women’s Squad (sponsored by AON) ahead of the RBS 6 Nations has been named. The squad sees a number of new faces, uncapped at international XV a side rugby.

Connacht players Ruth O’Reilly, Alison Miller and Claire Molloy have all been included while Sevens player, and wife to Connacht Number 8 George Naoupu, Sene Naoupu is one of 12 uncapped players named.

Speaking of his selection, Director of Sevens and Women’s Rugby, Anthony Eddy said “It’s a very exciting time for Women’s Rugby in Ireland. We have had a number of camps over the past few weeks and have had to make some tough choices reducing the squad to 30 players.”

“It’s a new dawn for the women’s team with a new coaching set-up, including Head Coach, Tom Tierney and 12 uncapped players named in the squad. That we can bring in this new talent is testament to the work done previously.”

“We are all looking forward to the first game and kicking off a new ear for the Ireland Women’s Team”

The squad will play a warm-up game against Wales on Sunday in Ashbourne RFC at 1pm

Both of Ireland’s home games will be streamed live on www.IrishRugby.ie

Ireland Women’s RBS 6 Nations 2015 Squad

Gillian Bourke (Olympico de Pozzuol/ Selección de Madrid)
Niamh Briggs (UL Bohs/Munster)
Kerrie-Ann Craddock (Saracens/Exile)
Nicole Cronin (Shannon RFC/ Munster)*
Jeamie Deacon (Blackrock/Leinster)*
Emma Dunne (Old Belvedere /Leinster)*
Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere /Leinster)
Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock/Sevens)*
Paula Fitzpatrick (St Marys/Leinster)
Orla Fitzsimons (St Marys/Leinster)
Fiona Hayes (UL Bohs/Munster)
Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht)
Sarah Mimnagh (Wasps/Exile)*
Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)
Larissa Muldoon (Skewen RFC)
Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Sene Naoupu (Galwegians/Sevens)*
Katie Norris (Blackrock/Leinster)*
Heather O’Brien (Highfield/Munster)
Fiona O’Brien (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*
Elise O’Byrne-White (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*
Ruth O’Reilly (Galwegians/Connacht)
Marie-Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Tania Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster)
Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Exile)
Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Sevens) *
Megan Williams (St Marys/Exile) *
Jade Wong (Richmond/Exiles) *

*Denotes uncapped player at this level

Ireland Women’s XV Management                                                                        

Anthony Eddy – Director of Sevens and Women’s Rugby
Tom Tierney – Head Coach
Declan O’Brien – Assistant Coach
Derek Dowling – Scrum Coach
Jean Casey -Team Manager
Marian Earls – Strength and Conditioning Co-ordinator
Lukasz Kirszenstein – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Brian Fitzgerald -Video Analyst
Lucy Soden – Team Doctor
Ulrik McCarthy – Physio
Dom Hoban – Physio
Nora Ni Fhlannagain – Nutritionist
Carmel O’Dwyer – Squad Co-ordinator
Maria Boland – Media Officer

RBS 6 Nations Ireland Women’s Fixtures:

Fri 6 Feb 19:00 Italy v Ireland Stadio Mario Lodigiani
Fri 13 Feb 19:30 Ireland v France Ashbourne RFC
Fri 27 Feb 19:30 Ireland v England Ashbourne RFC
Sun 15 Mar 12:00 Wales v Ireland Swansea RFC
Sun 22 Mar 13:00 Scotland v Ireland Broadwood Stadium

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