The teams are up for the final Women’s Interprovincial of the season between Ulster and Connacht which takes place tomorrow afternoon as the centrepiece of a festival of women’s rugby at Belfast Harlequins. The festivities at Deramore start at 13:30 with the Interprovincial starting at 15:00.

There are five changes to the side that started against Munster with Aishling O’Connell, Amanda Maginn and Lesley Megarity promoted to starting berths in the forwards and Amy Graham and Leah McGoldrick starting in the backs.

Ulster captain, Larissa Muldoon has been switched from out half to full back and Nikki Caughey has moved from centre to out half.

At the start of this series I would have put money on Ulster winning this one, however, now I’m not so sure. Connacht have had a considerably better campaign than Ulster with a win, against Munster, and a narrow loss, against Leinster, to their credit. Ulster, on the other hand, have been soundly beaten by the same opponents.

On the plus side, Cooke, who form the bulk of the Ulster team, have beaten Galwegians, who form the bulk of the Connacht side, this season so I expect this game to be a lot closer than the previous two outings for the Ulster players.

If Ulster are going to get anything out of this it will need big games up front from O’Connell and Maginn in particular. These two should add a bit of extra grunt, but they need to give everything they’ve got for 50 minutes to soften up the Connacht pack before the finishers are brought on to close out the game.

The FRU Predicts: What the hell, I’m going for a sneaky wee Ulster win.

Ulster Women   Connacht Women
Larissa Muldoon 15 Mairead Coyne
Leah McGoldrick 14 Orla Dixon
Brittany Hogan 13 Shannon Tuohey
Peita McAlister 12 Jane O’Neill
Amy Graham 11 Ali Miller
Nikki Caughey 10 Hilary Griffin
Kathryn Dane 9 Mary Healy
Ilse van Staden 1 Laura Feely
Neve Jones 2 Ciara O’Connor
Aishling O’Connell 3 Anne-Marie O’Hora
Hannah Beattie 4 Amelie roux
Amanda Maginn 5 Nicola Caldbeck
Beth Cregan 6 Edel McMahon
Lesley Megarity 7 Grainne Egan
Lauren Maginnes 8 Nichola Fryday
Gemma McCutcheon 16 Ellie Dillane
Helen McGhee 17 Katie O’Dwyer
Sorcha Mac Laimhin 18 Denise Redmond
Rebecca Smyth 19 Karen Douglas
Storm Cobain 20 Sabina Egan
Emma Jordan 21 Shannen Lane
Claire Johnston 22 Niamh Ni Dhroma
Eliza Downey 23 Clodagh Dunne