A squad of 26 players has been named by Ireland Women’s head coach Adam Griggs ahead of their training camp in Scotland this weekend.
The Ireland Women are traveling to Edinburgh for a weekend training camp which will culminate with a training game against their Scottish counterparts on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking ahead of the trip, Griggs said:
We’re really looking forward to this weekend’s camp and the next few weeks ahead leading into our Test match against Wales. Each player included in the squad has been selected on their form through the Interprovincial Championship and the English Premiership.
“As well as having a larger squad to travel and play, this will give the coaching group a chance to look at different combinations and give the players a great opportunity to test themselves at an international level and see how they handle the step up in pace and intensity.
“We also have two new coaches on board this year, who have added real quality to the work Jeff Carter and Mike Ross have started with this group.
“Steven McGuinness, who works full-time with IQ Rugby, is our new forwards coach, and Kieran Hallett, who is with Leinster as an EPDO, has come in as our defence coach. It’s great to see the professionalism of the new coaches and the value they have brought to the players.”

This is the first of two away training camps and training matches the national side will undertake, with the squad traveling to France next week, ahead of their clash with Wales at the UCD Bowl on Sunday, November 10 (kick-off 1pm).
IRELAND WOMEN’S Squad (Training Camp, Edinburgh, Scotland, October 26-27, 2019):
Judy Bobbett (Blackrock/Leinster) *
Enya Breen (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Anna Caplice (Harlequins/IQ Rugby)
Michelle Claffey (Blackrock/Leinster)
Eimear Considine (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Victoria Dabanovich-O’Mahony (Old Belvedere/Leinster) *
Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere/Ulster)
Lauren Delany (Firwood Waterloo Ladies/IQ Rugby)
Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Laura Feely (Galweigians/Connacht)
Nichola Fryday (Old Belvedere/Connacht)
Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians/Munster) (capt)
Mary Healy (Lindenwood University/IQ Rugby) *
Edel McMahon (Wasps/Connacht)
Grace Miller (Old Belvedere/Leinster) *
Cliodhna Moloney (Wasps/IQ Rugby)
Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union/Leinster)
Ellen Murphy (Gloucester/IQ Rugby)
Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock/Leinster) *
Katie O’Dwyer (Railway Union/Leinster) *
Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe/Connacht)
Laura Sheehan (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Juliet Short (Railway Union/Leinster)
Shannon Touhey (Tullamore/Connacht) *
Dorothy Wall (Fethard & District/Munster) *

* Denotes uncapped player at this level


October 26-27: Training Camp & Game, Scotland

November 2-3: Training Camp & Game, France

Sunday, November 10: Ireland Women v Wales Women, UCD Bowl, 1pm – click here to buy tickets

2020 Women’s Six Nations Championship:

Sunday, February 2: Ireland Women v Scotland Women, Energia Park, 1pm

Sunday, February 9: Ireland Women v Wales Women, Energia Park, 1pm

Sunday, February 23: England Women v Ireland Women, Castle Park, Doncaster, 12.45pm

Sunday, March 8: Ireland Women v Italy Women, Energia Park, 1pm

Sunday, March 15: France Women v Ireland Women, Le Stadium Villeneuve d’Acsq, Lille, 4.35pm local time/3.35pm Irish time

Would you like to help shape the future of Irish Rugby?
Applications are now open for vacancies on the IRFU Youth Council, for further information on the work of the Youth Council, please see our terms of reference below.
The aim of the programme is to advocate for and on behalf of all youth and ensure there is a range of opportunities youth can have their voices heard.
Candidates should be an active member in their rugby club, must be aged 16-25 and must be committed and passionate about youth rugby.
Candidates are being recruited from Connacht, Ulster and Munster.

  • At least 1 hour per week working on Youth Council Projects (further commitments may be needed at weekends)
  • Attend meetings up to 4 times a year
  • Report to Spirit officers in each province
  • Present and report to national committees as well as provincial committees
  • Youth Council members may be asked to assist at other IRFU events
  • Liaise with clubs and club officers to organise Youth Council events

Please complete the attached application form HERE and email to [email protected]
Candidates will be contacted by the Co-ordinator to set up an interview.
Should the applicant meet the criteria conditions the candidate will be invited to attend regular meetings.
The closing date for applications is strictly 1pm, 4t h October 2019.

Connacht Rugby have launched their strategy for the development of the women’s game in the province.
“Women of the West” sets out ambitious targets to increase participation rates right throughout the province and develop the pathway for players to transfer from underage grades to senior adult rugby.
The strategy is fully aligned with the IRFU Women in Rugby Action Plan and is based on the core principle of integration with all departments of Connacht Rugby.
Women’s rugby in the province has seen some significant developments over the past twelve months both on and off the field. The emergence of Beibhinn Parsons to become the youngest ever player capped for Ireland at the age of 16 has demonstrated the good work being invested in the women’s game by clubs like Ballinasloe RFC.
Off the field there has been another first as Anne Heneghan now holds the position of Senior Vice President of the Connacht Branch of the IRFU. In the 2020/21 season Ms Heneghan will be the first woman in any province to be elected President of their home Branch. Furthermore, she has recently been accepted as a Judicial Officer with World Rugby.
Connacht Rugby also recently announced the appointment of a second Women’s Development Officer, with Emer O’Dowd taking up the role to work in conjunction with current WDO Wendy Hickey. O’Dowd will oversee the development of woman’s rugby in North Connacht with Hickey working with clubs in the south of the province.
Commenting on the launch of the strategy, Head of Club and Community at Connacht Rugby, Joe Gorham said: “We are delighted to be publishing our four year strategy, Women of the West. We have engaged with our clubs and schools in the province, along with coaches and people working on the ground to develop the game. That has helped to develop a comprehensive and ambitious plan to grow the game in every area. Our strategy is based on the principle of integration not segregation. We want people from the women’s game to add value not just in the women’s game but in all areas of Connacht Rugby. We already have some incredible players and coaches involved in the game and this strategy is about developing a clear pathway for the young girls of tomorrow to get involved and more importantly to stay involved in playing, coaching or administration”.
The following are some of the key targets set out in the strategy
• 23 Clubs with a Female Mini Rugby section by 2023
• 10 Clubs with a Full Female Rugby Pathway by 2023 (Mini, U14, U16, U18 & Adult)
• 114% overall increase on Player base by 2023 (Additional 735 Players)
• ‘Staying in the game’ programme – This is a fully developed strategic programme aimed at former players and players nearing the end of their playing careers, which allows them to pursue other aspects of the game such as coaching, refereeing and/or administration.
• Introduction of an emerging talent programme
• Designed specifically to address the talent fall off years after U18s
• Build on progress made in the first of this programme in 18/19 (Year-long sponsored programme)
• Aim for 25/30 participants per season with a Transition target of 30% to the Connacht Women Senior Squad.
• Have 2 competitive teams in the AIL by 2023
• Representatives from women’s rugby involved in all sub committees of the Connacht Branch.

The Connacht U18 Girls team has been announced for tomorrow’s Interprovincial Championship 3rd/4th place playoff against Leinster in Barnhall (k/o 1pm).
The squad will be looking to finish their campaign on a high after a heartbreaking defeat to Ulster in last week’s semi-finals.
Best of luck to all the squad and management.
1. Mary McLoughlin
2. Emily Gavin
3. Zara Grehan
4. Eva McCormack (C)
5. Grace Browne Moran
6. Mollie Starr
7. Hannah Johnston
8. Ivana Kiripati
9. Olivia Haverty
10. Aisling Browne
11. Katie Hogan
12. Megan Walsh
13. Ava Ryder
14. Fodhla Ni Bhraonain
15. Nina McVann

16. Molly Ager
17. Dara Moran
18. Aisling Hahessy
19. Katelyn Bourke
20. Rachel Larkin
21. Caoimhe Geraghty
22. Maeve Muldoon
23. Alana Roche

The Connacht Womens management team have named their starting XV for tomorrow’s IRFU Women’s Interprovincial Championship Final, with the squad going in search of a historic first interpro title.
There’s one change to the side that impressively saw off Munster in the semi-finals last week, with Aifric O’Brien coming into the second row where she’ll be joined by Tara Buggie.
Nichola Fryday captains the side from 8 where she’ll be flanked by Ciara Farrell and Edel McMahon, while Laura Feely, Moya Griffin and Annmarie O’Hora complete the pack in the front row.
Vice-captain Mary Healy and Meabh Deely continue their half-back partnership, as do Shannon Touhey and Catherine Martin in midfield. Aoibheann Reilly is named at full-back with last week’s try-scorers Alison Miller and Beibhinn Parsons on the wing.
Kick-off at Energia Park, Donnybrook is at 7pm and the game will be streamed LIVE on the Irish Rugby Facebook and YouTube pages.
1. Laura Feely
2. Moya Griffin
3. Annmarie O’Hora
4. Tara Buggie
5. Aifric O’Brien
6. Ciara Farrell
7. Edel McMahon
8. Nichola Fryday (C)
9. Mary Healy
10. Meabh Deely
11. Alison Miller
12. Shannon Touhey
13. Catherine Martin
14. Beibhinn Parsons
15. Aoibheann Reilly

16. Elizabeth McNicholas
17. Katie Murray
18. Sinead Rigney
19. Lily Brady
20. Shannen Lane
21. Nicole Fowley
22. Orla Dixon
23. Aisling Brosnan

The Connacht Women are into the 2019 IRFU Women’s Interprovincial Championship final after a stunning 20-17 win over Munster Women at St. Mary’s on Saturday.
Brian McClearn’s side were rank outsiders going into the game, but a Beibhinn Parsons hat-trick in her senior Connacht debut and a late Alison Miller winner sealed a famous win.
Next up is a meeting with Leinster this Saturday for the right to be crowned Interprovincial champions.
Check out all the tries from Saturday’s win.


The Connacht U18 Girls squad has been named for tomorrow’s interprovincial semi-final against Ulster at Templeville Road in Dublin.
In all there are 9 changes to the team that lost to Ulster in the final round robin game between the two sides in Belfast.
Kick-off at St. Mary’s is at 12pm.
1. Mary McLoughlin
2. Emily Gavin
3. Zara Grehan
4. Eva McCormack (C)
5. Aishling Hahessy
6. Katelyn Bourke
7. Hannah Johnston
8. Grace Browne Moran
9. Olivia Haverty
10. Caoimhe Geraghty
11. Katie Hogan
12. Megan Walsh
13. Fodhla Ni Bhraonain
14. Hannah Gullane
15. Caoimhe English McNamara

16. Molly Ager
17. Aimee Kelly
18. Leah Hogarty
19. Mollie Starr
20. Aishling Browne
21. Alana Roche
22. Nina McVann
23. Ava Ryder

The Connacht Women produced their best performance of the interpros so far with a very impressive victory away to Ulster Women in Belfast on Saturday.
Brian McClearn’s side trailed 12-8 at the break despite a Mairead Coyne try, but they were able to pull clear in the second half with Aoibheann Reilly and Laura Feely touching down. Despite a third Ulster try in the dying moments, Connacht were able to hold on for a 1 point win.
The result means they finish the round robin stage in 3rd place and will face Munster on Saturday week for a place in the final.
Check out the best pics from the game below.

The Connacht U18 Girls management team have made nine changes to their starting XV for tomorrow’s interprovincial round robin finale with Ulster in Belfast.
Fraser Gow’s side picked up their first win of the campaign over Munster last week, and like the Women they have one more game to play before the semi-finals in two weeks time.
Hannah Gullane has been named as captain at full-back, with Alana Roche and Avril Deely completing the back three on the wings. Maeve Muldoon and Fodhla Ni Bhraonain are paired together at centre, with scrum-half Aisling Browne and out-half Caoimhe Geraghty completing the backs.
The pack is led by a front row of Mary McLoughlin, Molly Ager and Aimee Kelly, while there’s a start in the second row for Faith Oviawe who scored a try in last week’s victory. She partners fellow lock Mollie Starr, and the lineup is completed by Katelyn Bourke, Hannah Johnston and Leah Hogarty.
Kick-off is at 1pm tomorrow with the Women’s tie against Ulster to follow at 3.30pm.
CONNACHT U18 GIRLS V ULSTER (1pm @ Queen’s Sport Belfast, Saturday 31 August)
1. Mary McLoughlin (Westport RFC)
2. Molly Ager (Claremorris Colts RFC)
3. Aimee Kelly (Buccaneers RFC)
4. Mollie Starr (Portumna RFC)
5. Faith Oviawe (Buccaneers RFC)
6. Katelyn Bourke (Ballina RFC)
7. Hannah Johnston (Sligo RFC)
8. Leah Hogarty (Ballinasloe RFC)
9. Aisling Browne (Westport RFC)
10. Caoimhe Geraghty (Corinthians RFC)
11. Alana Roche (Oughterard RFC)
12. Maeve Muldoon (Ballinasloe RFC)
13. Fodhla Ni Bhraonain (Corinthians RFC)
14. Avril Deely (Ballinasloe RFC)
15. Hannah Gullane (c) (Ballinasloe RFC)

16. Emily Gavin (Ballinasloe RFC)
17. Zara Grehan (Ballinasloe RFC)
18. Aisling Hahessy (Claremorris Colts RFC)
19. Hannah Coen (Creggs RFC)
20. Rachel Larkin (Ballinasloe RFC)
21. Olivia Haverty (Portumna RFC)
22. Meghan Walsh (Connemara RFC)
23. Katie Hogan (Westport RFC)

Connacht Womens head coach Brian McClearn has made two changes to his starting XV for tomorrow’s Womens Interprovincial Championship game with Ulster in Belfast.
In the pack there’s a return to the lineup for Denise Redmond who partners Tara Buggies in the second row – a move which sees captain Nichola Fryday return to the number 8 jersey.
The second change is in the back three with Mairead Coyne named at full-back and Aoibheann Reilly shifting to the wing.
The game is the team’s last of the round robin stage before the semi-finals on the weekend of the 14th September. The final placings of the group stage will determine who will play who for a spot in the decider a week later.
CONNACHT WOMEN V ULSTER (3.30pm @ Queen’s Sport Belfast, Saturday 31 August)
1. Laura Feely (Galwegians RFC)
2. Moya Griffin (Tullamore RFC)
3. Annmarie O’Hora (Galwegians RFC)
4. Tara Buggie (Galwegians RFC)
5. Denise Redmond (Galwegians RFC)
6. Ciara Farrell (Tullamore RFC)
7. Edel McMahon (Galwegians RFC)
8. Nichola Fryday (Galwegians RFC)
9. Mary Healy (Galwegians RFC)
10. Meabh Deely (Ballinasloe RFC)
11. Alison Miller (Old Belvedere RFC)
12. Shannon Touhey (Galwegians RFC)
13. Catherine Martin (Suttonians RFC)
14. Aoibheann Reilly (Ballinasloe RFC)
15. Mairead Coyne (Galwegians RFC)

16. Elizabeth McNicholas (Tuam RFC)
17. Katie Murray (Tullamore RFC)
18. Aifric O’Brien (Suttonians RFC)
19. Alex O’Brien (Tullow RFC)
20. Shannen Lane (Galwegians RFC)
21. Rebecca Gavin (Westport RFC)
22. Orla Dixon (Galwegians RFC)
23. Aisling Brosnan (Carlow RFC)


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