Ulster Women’s Rugby have announced a 30 player squad for the upcoming Interprovincial Series.
The squad features seven players from each of Belfast Harlequins, Cooke and Queen’s University with City of Derry and Enniskillen weighing in with three apiece. Newry, Blackrock and Sligo are also represented in the squad which will be Captained this season by City of Derry’s Stacey Lea Kennedy with Cooke’s Grace Davitt as Vice Captain.
Kennedy, Davitt, Ashleigh Baxter, Nikki Caughey and Amy Davis all add Irish International experience to a young squad and with the likes of Gemma McCutcheon, Claire McLaughlin, Imogen Porter, Zoe Templeton, Aoife Walsh and Dani Boyd expected to be there or there about’s when the Ireland training squad is announced it could be an exciting series for this Ulster side.
Certainly there is potential for an absolutely exceptional back line with tremendous strength in depth in all positions but it will take a big effort from the forwards to ensure that they get sufficient ball.
Ulster Women Interprovincial Squad: Aoife Walsh (Queen’s), Laura Boyd (Cooke), Danielle Boyd (Quins), Fiona O’Brien (Cooke), Colleen Magee (Newry), Ashleigh Baxter (Quins), Nikki Caughey (Quins), Alanagh Chipperfield (Quins), Ilse Van Staden (Quins), Shirelle Wilson (Cooke), Grace Davitt (Cooke), Amy Davis (Blackrock), Jemma Jackson (Queen’s), Zoe Templeton (Quins), Nikita Armstrong (Cooke), Claire McLaughlin (Queen’s), Gemma McCutcheon (Queen’s), Caoimhe Morris (Enniskillen), Brenda Brogan (Enniskillen), Noreen Nethercott (Enniskillen), Sorcha Chipperfield (Quins), Hannah Kilgore (City of Derry), Imogen Porter (Queen’s), Lizzie Ballentine (Cooke), Stacey-lea Kennedy (City of Derry), Kelly Holmes (City Of Derry), Colette Broome (Queen’s), Janine Mullan (Queen’s), Teah Maguire (Cooke), Laura Feely (Sligo).
The series kicks off on Sunday 2nd December with Ulster hosting Munster at the Queen’s Arena, The Dub (admission free), before the girls go on the road to face Leinster and Connacht on successive Saturdays.
Ulster Women Interprovincal Fixtures.
|Sun 2nd Dec||1.00pm||Ulster||v||Munster||Queen’s Arena|
|Sat 8th Dec||1:30pm||Leinster||v||Ulster||Ashbourne RFC|
|Sat 15th Dec||2:30pm||Connacht||v||Ulster||Sportsground|