Teams named for third round of the Celtic Challenge

12 January 2024

Teams named for third round of the Celtic Challenge

Head coaches Neil Alcorn and Denis Fogarty have named their match day squads, for the third round of the Celtic Challenge. Both sides have included Connacht players in their squad.

The Wolfhounds are once again on the road this Saturday, as they travel to the Scotstoun Stadium to take on Glasgow Warriors in round three of the competition. (kick off 2pm)

Alcorn has made six changes to the starting squad, with Hannah O’Connor moving to the second row and is joined by Kellin Brady. Match day captain Molly Boyne and Eodain Murtagh make up the backrow, with Brittany Hogan in the number 8 position.

There are two changes in the back line, as Niamh Marley and Katie Corrigan start on the wings for the Wolfhounds.

Forwards Christy Haney and Claire Boles come on to the bench, and are joined by backs, Jade Gaffney, Kelly McCormill and Ava Ryder.

Speaking on the team announcement, Alcorn said, We were delighted with another win last weekend against a very strong Edinburgh side and happy with the team performance, but we still have areas we need to keep improving on.”

“We had a good training week and made some changes to the squad which creates opportunities for players. We are excited to get on the road again to take on Glasgow Warriors for another exciting game.”

Meanwhile in Virgin Media Park (formally Musgrave Park), Denis Fogarty’s Clovers will once again play at home this weekend, as they take on Gwalia Lightning on Sunday. (kick off 1:00pm). Show your support for the Clovers and purchase tickets here for Virgin Media Park.

Fogarty has also made six changes to his starting squad, as Dorothy Wall comes back into the second row to captain the side. A new half-back starting pair, see’s Abbie Salter-Townshend and Kate Flannery get their starts, Alana McInerney moves to centre, with Clara Barrett on the wing as Méabh Deely starts in the fullback position.

Aoife Doyle makes her way back from injury as she come onto the bench, along with Aoife Fleming, Jane Clohessy, and Muirne Wall.

Commenting on the squad announcement,  Fogarty added: “We were delighted to get our first win in the competition last weekend and will be aiming to do the same once again this Sunday in Musgrave Park. We have had another competitive training week and competition for places in this squad has been high, that is where we want to be.”

“It’s exciting to see all these young players performing each week and earning their places. I’m really looking forward to getting back to Musgrave Park and seeing another good team performance as we take on the challenge of Gwalia Lightning who are currently sitting top of the table.”

Both of this weekend’s games are available to stream for free on RugbyPass TV.

CLOVERS Team (v Gwalia Lightning, Celtic Challenge Round 3, Musgrave Park, Sunday, January 14, kick-off 1:00pm):

15. Méabh Deely (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht)
14. Clara Barrett (UL Bohemian RFC/Connacht)
13. Alana McInerney (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
12. Kayla Waldron (Railway Union RFC/Connacht)
11. Clare Gorman (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
10. Kate Flannery (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
9.  Abbie Salter-Townshend (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)

1. Niamh O’Dowd (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
2. Beth Buttimer (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
3. Sadhbh McGrath (Cooke RFC/Ulster)
4. Ruth Campbell (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
5. Dorothy Wall (Blackrock College RFC/Munster) (Captain)
6. Brianna Heylmann (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
7. Ivana Kiripati (Tuam-Oughterard/Connacht)
8. Shannon Touhey (Tullamore RFC/Connacht)


16. Aoife Fleming (Ballincollig RFC/Munster)
17. Róisín Ormond (Ballincollig RFC/Munster)
18. Eilís Cahill (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
19. Faith Oviawe (Railway Union RFC/Connacht)
20. Jane Clohessy  (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
21. Muirne Wall (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
22. Michelle O’Driscoll (Ballincollig RFC/Munster)
23. Aoife Doyle (Railway Union RFC/Munster)

WOLFHOUNDS Team (v Glasgow Warriors, Celtic Challenge Round 3, Scotstoun Stadium, Saturday, January 13, kick-off 2pm):

15. Ella Durkan (Blackrock College RFC/Ulster)
Katie Corrigan (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
13. Aoife Dalton (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
12. Leah Tarpey (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
11. Niamh Marley (Dungannon RFC/Cooke RFC/Ulster)
10. Dannah O’Brien (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
9. Katie Whelan (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)

1. Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
2. Sarah Delaney (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
3. Sophie Barrett (Enniskillen RFC/Railway Union RFC/Ulster)
4. Keelan Brady (Railway Union RFC/Ulster)
5. Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
6. Eodain Murtagh (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
7. Molly Boyne (Railway Union RFC/Leinster) (Captain)
8. Brittany Hogan (Old Belvedere RFC/Ulster)


16. Meabh Clenaghan (Queen’s University Belfast RFC/Ulster)
17. Aoife Moore (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
18. Christy Haney (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
19. Claire Boles (Railway Union/Ulster)
20. Jade Gaffney (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
21. Kelly McCormill (Cooke RFC/Ulster)
22. Nikki Caughey (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
23. Ava Ryder (Railway Union RFC/Connacht)