This Saturday marks an important milestone in the development of Women’s rugby when Ulster entertain Leinster in the first competitive age grade inter-provincial at Palace Grounds, Armagh RFC. Kick off 17:30.
It also marks an historic occasion for the Front Row Union as it is, I believe, the first U18 game we’ve covered outside of schools rugby. 😀 We generally don’t have time to cover all the Age grades but, the U18 Manager, Jemma Jackson, has been so full of enthusiasm about these girls, we thought it was worth the trip to see if we can spot any stars of the future.
The coaches and management are excited to see how the girls do against a competitive Leinster side, as Jackson says:
We’re looking forward to the challenge, there’s a massive amount of talent and huge potential in this squad and this will give us a good indication of were we are in our development.
The team, captained by Neve Jones, features Brittany Hogan, Claire Boles, Bethany McDowell and Ellie Ingram, who have all been involved with the Ireland 7’s U18 squad this year and Hannah Beattie, Storm Cobain, and Vicky Irwin have already been training with the Ulster senior women’s squad and took part in a recent senior trials game against Connacht.
Ulster Women U18: Ciara Browne, Kelly McCormill, Leah McGoldrick, Brittany Hogan, Lucinda Kingham, Vicky Irwin, Carla Rafferty, Emma Kearney, Sara Whitely, Neve Jones, Hannah Beattie, Caoilinn McCormack, Bethany McDowell, Claire Boles, Storm Cobain. Replacements: Grace Shrestha, Megan Brodie, Tommy Millar, Keelin Brady, Natalie Kinghan, Lisa Mullen, Ellie Ingram, Dolores Hughes
Coaches: Davy Chambers (Forwards), Charlie Farrell (Assistant), Zoe Templeton (Backs). Manager: Jemma Jackson.