IRELAND WOMEN’S SQUAD ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF BELFAST TRAINING

RBS Women's Six Nations Championship, Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld, Scotland 22/3/2015 Scotland vs Ireland Ireland's Nora Stapleton Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

RBS Women's Six Nations Championship, Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld, Scotland 22/3/2015 Scotland vs Ireland Ireland's Nora Stapleton  Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Irish Women’s squad to take part in an open training session at Kingspan Stadium has been named.

The panel of 33 sees a number of new faces, uncapped at international XV a side rugby including Ulster’s Nikki Caughey, who is a member of the Ireland Sevens Squad.

Speaking ahead of the weekend, Ireland women’s coach Tom Tierney said “It’s a very exciting time for women’s rugby in Ireland. We are coming in to the new season on the back of a 6 Nations win and with that comes great expectation. We have a number of new faces in the squad which is a testament to the popularity of women’s rugby throughout the country.

“We are really looking forward to the open training session in Belfast and to get a run out in front of supporters at Kingspan Stadium.”

Both Dublin and Belfast will host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017, the final stages of the tournament will take place Kingspan Stadium. The squad will bring the Women’s World Cup trophy with them on Saturday and supporters will have their opportunity to pose for photos with the silverware and meet the squad.

Ireland Women’s XV Squad (Ireland Open Training Session – Kingspan Stadium, Saturday 10th October, 14.30):
Elaine Anthony (Highfield/Munster)*
Gillian Bourke (Wasps/Exiles)
Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemian/Munster)
Hannah Casey (Saracens/Exiles)
Nikki Caughey (Belfast Harlequins/ Ulster)
Ciara Cooney (Railway Union/Leinster)
Mairead Coyne (Galwegians/Connacht)*
Kerrie Ann Craddock (Saracens/Exiles)
Jeamie Deacon (Blackrock/Leinster)*
Aine Donnelly (Cill Dara/Leinster)*
Grainne Egan (St. Mary’s/Connacht)*
Ailis Egan (Old Belvidere/Leinster)
Paula Fitzpatrick (Stade Toulousain)
Orla Fitzsimons (St. Mary’s/Leinster)
Zoe Garttage (Tralee/ Munster)*
Mary Healy (Galwegian/ Connacht)
Mairead Hopkins (Castlebar/ Ballina/ Connacht)*
Sharon Lynch (Old Belvidere/Leinster)
Claire McLaughlin (Queen’s/Ulster)
Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union/Leinster)
Larissa Muldoon (Skewen RFC/Exiles)
Edel Murphy (UL Bohemian/Munster)*
Sene Naoupu (Galwegians/Sevens)
Katie Norris (Blackrock/Leinster)
Heather O’Brien (Stade Toulousain)
Fiona O’Brien (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Elise O’Byrne White (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*
Ruth O’Reilly (Galwegians/Connacht)
Ciara O’Connor (Galwegians/Connacht)*
Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Exiles)
Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster, pictured)

*Denotes uncapped player at this level

Tickets for this event are available now and are complimentary to all supporters. You can print yours now from ticketmaster.ie. Tickets are also available via telephone (028 9049 3222 Option 2) or from the Ticket Office at Kingspan Stadium.

Schedule for Ireland Women’s Open Training Session, Kingspan Stadium, Saturday 10th October:
13.30: Gates open
13.30-14.30: Trophy photo opportunity
14.30-16.00: Open training session
16.00-16.45: Supporter meet and greet

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