Ireland Womens squad named for Rugby World Cup

Squad to be captained by Limerick Garda Niamh Briggs

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Niamh Briggs who will captain Ireland at the World Cup

IRELAND’S head coach Tom Tierney has named his Ireland Women's squad, for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017.  Ireland will face Australia, Japan and France in Pool C on the 9th, 13th and 17th August in the UCD Bowl.

A 28 Woman squad that will be captained by UL Bohemian’s and Munster full-back Niamh Briggs.

There are 12 players in the squad with previous World Cup experience; Ailis Egan, Heather O'Brien, Sophie Spence, Ashleigh Baxter, Paula Fitzpatrick, Alison Miller, Larissa Muldoon and Jenny Murphy were involved at France 2014, while Briggs, Claire Molloy, Marie-Louise Reilly and Nora Stapleton are all set to compete at their third World Cup, having been involved in both 2010 and 2014.

Scrum-half Nicole Cronin is the only uncapped member of the squad and she is one of a number of players in the squad with Rugby Sevens experience. Cronin along with Hannah Tyrrell, Katie Fitzhenry, Sene Naoupu, Baxter and Miller all made appearances on this season's circuit of the World Rugby Women's World Sevens Series.

Speaking on the selection of the squad, Tierney said;

"Over the past three seasons we have been conscious of the need to build and develop a squad for this tournament, and as a result of the program many players have had the opportunity to prepare for this moment and play international rugby and show their skills at the highest level.  We have named players who have been here before and are aware of the challenge that lies ahead, and then there are a number of players in the squad for whom this will be their first ever World Cup and I am extremely confident they will compete for starting positions througout the campaign. The players have been training consistently over the past number of months, and we have had a preparation that is far more comprehansive than previous campaigns. The anticipation and excitement has been building steadily amongst the players and the program has provided us every opportunity, so it is now up to us to put our best foot forward during this campaign.The opportunity to play in a World Cup on home soil is a once in a life time opportunity, and while we are in a tough pool with Australia, Japan and our Six Nations rivals France, I am sure the players will rise to the occasion in front of their home fans.”

Ireland's matches will be broadcast live via Eir Sport, RTE and RTE Radio in the Republic of Ireland and via ITV in the United Kingdom.

 

Ireland Women's Squad – Women's Rugby World Cup 2017

Forwards

Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke/Ulster)

Anna Caplice (UL Bohemian/Munster)

Ciara Cooney (Railway Union/Leinster)

Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary's College RFC/Leinster)

Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemian/Munster)

Leah Lyons (Highfield/Munster)

Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)

Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union/Leinster)

Heather O'Brien (Highfield/Munster)

Ciara O'Connor (Galwegians/Connacht)

Ruth O'Reilly (Galwegians/Connacht)

Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster)

Marie-Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

 

Backs

Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemian/Munster) Captain

Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian/Munster)

Mairead Coyne (Galwegians/Connacht)

Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemian/Munster)*

Jeamie Deacon (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)

Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)

Claire McLaughlin (Cooke/Ulster)

Alison Miller (Old Belvedere/Connacht)

Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union)

Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Sene Naoupu (Harlequins FC)

Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

 

*Denotes uncapped at this level

 

Ireland Pool C Fixtures

 

IRELAND V AUSTRALIA

Wednesday 9th August 2017,

Kick-Off 7.00pm

UCD Bowl, Dublin

 

IRELAND V JAPAN

Sunday 13th August 2017,

Kick-Off 5.15pm

UCD Bowl, Dublin

 

IRELAND V France

Thursday 17th August 2017,

Kick-Off 7.45pm

UCD Bowl, Dublin

 

WRWC2017 Semi-Finals Day

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Kingspan Stadium

 

WRWC2017 Finals Day

Sunday 26th August 2017

Kingspan Stadium