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Interprovincials: Ulster U18 Women Squad announced

The Ulster U18 Women’s Squad for the upcoming Inter-provincial series has been announced. Ulster U18’s are the Inter-provincial defending champions having completed the Grand Slam in the competitions inaugural season last year.

The squad see’s eleven players return from last seasons invincibles and there are eight clubs recognised in the selection. However it is a big shout out for the fine work carried out at Virginia RFC who have supplied 10 players to the squad.

The Ulster U18 squad have continued their fine run during this season’s development phase with wins over Canadian side New Brunswick Select and Scottish side Sterling County and, as U18 Team Mangaer Jemma Jackson tells the Front Row Union, below, the teams unbeaten run brings it’s own pressure for this season’s players.

It’s been very encouraging to see such competition for places in this season’s squad. Fifteen year old Mya Alcorn has been particularly impressive as have Lucy Turkington and Holly Brannigan, Brannigan only recently concentrating on rugby after a successful Athletics career.

There is an impressive front row of Emma Kearney, Tammy Millar and Grace Shrestha retained from last year but youngsters Ava Fannin and Ella Garland will be snapping at their heels, eager for game time.

We caught up with Fannin during our recent trip to Virginia RFC where she told the Front Row Union:

“We’re getting on really well as a squad. All the girls have got to know each other. It’s good to get to know who the players are at the other clubs and they all bring different styles of play.

It’s up to us to keep the winning streak going and all the other Provinces will be.all out to beat us but it’s great that the first game will be here at Virginia, there should be a big crowd.”

The players can be viewed in the gallery below. Their details and this season’s fixtures are at the bottom of the page.

Ulster U18 Inter-provincial Squad.

PlayerAgeClub
Mya Alcorn15Letterkenny RFC
Keelin Brady18Virginia RFC
Holly Brannigan17Unattached
Megan Brodie18Virginia RFC
Ciara Byers16Virginia RFC
Aoife Cahill16Malone RFC
Ava Fannin16Virginia RFC
Ella Garland16Monaghan RFC
Ruth Gilsenan16Virginia RFC
Katie Hetherington17Clogher Valley RFC
Ellie Ingram18Enniskillen RFC
Emma Kearney16Armagh RFC
Lucinda Kinghan17Monaghan RFC
Meabh McAleavey18Armagh RFC
Naomi McCord17Malone RFC
Caolinn McCormack18Virginia RFC
Sorcha McCormack15Virginia RFC
Kelly McCormill17Monaghan RFC
Bethany McDowell18Malone RFC
Amanda McQuade16Virginia RFC
Tammy Millar17Enniskillen RFC
Lisa Mullen17Virginia RFC
Amber Redmond17Virginia RFC
Ellie Rix18Enniskillen RFC
Grace Shrestha (Captain)17Dungannon RFC
Lucy Turkington16Dungannon RFC

Ulster U18 Inter-provincial Fixtures 2017-18

DateTimeOpponentsVenue
Sunday 24th September15:00Connacht U18Virginia RFC
Saturday 30th September13:30Leinster U18North Kildare RFC
Saturday 7th October13:30Munster U18Barnhall RFC

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