The Ireland Women’s Squad for the forthcoming Women’s Rugby World Cup in France from the 1st to the 17th August has been named.  Ireland are placed in pool B alongside USA, New Zealand and Kazakhstan.

The squad will be captained by Fiona Coghlan and contains an even split of 13 forwards and 13 backs.

Connacht’s Claire Molloy and Alison Miller have both been included in the 26-strong squad which contains just one new cap with Sharon Lynch named in the forwards.

Scrumhalf, Amy Davis, a regular in the squad during the RBS 6 Nations has been ruled out through injury which means a recall for the experienced Tania Rosser.

Speaking of the selection, Head Coach, Philip Doyle said: “We have just come off the back of three weekends of intensive training and unfortunately we had to cut the squad to just 26 players which has been difficult. Everybody applied themselves brilliantly and I would like to congratulate all for their involvement.”

“Women’s Rugby is at an all-time high in Ireland and with that comes great expectation. We are well placed for the tournament and are all looking forward to heading to France and getting started”

Ireland open their campaign on the 1st of August with a tough encounter against USA whom Ireland played twice in the previous Women’s Rugby World Cup.

TG4 have confirmed they are to broadcast Ireland’s pool games live as well as both semi-finals and finals.  Ireland’s game against New Zealand will be televised live on Sky Sports.

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Ireland Women Rugby World Cup Squad – August 1st – 17th, France 2014
Forwards (13)
Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster)
Kerrie Ann Craddock (Saracens/Exiles)
Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Orla Fitzsimons (St Mary’s College/Leinster)
Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster)
Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster)
Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Sharon Lynch (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)
Heather O’Brien (Highfield RFC/Munster)
Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Backs (13)
Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Lynne Cantwell (Richmond RFC/Exile)
Hannah Casey (Saracens/Exiles)
Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster)
Paula Fitzpatrick (St Mary’s College/Leinster)
Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht)
Larissa Muldoon (Bristol/Exile)
Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Tania Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster)
Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Jackie Shiels (Richmond RFC/Exile)

Ireland Women’s Rugby World Cup Fixtures –
Pool Games –
Fri, 1st August               USA v Ireland                  FFR Headquarters – Pitch 2
Tue, 5th August              New Zealand v Ireland      FFR Headquarters – Pitch 1
Sat 9th August               Ireland  v Kazakhstan      FFR Headquarters – Pitch 2

Playoffs –
Wed, 13th August
Sun, 17th August



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