Autumn International. Teams up for USA Clash!

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Ireland Women begin their November series against the USA on Sunday 18th November in Energia Park with a 1 pm kick off.

The two teams last met at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2014 when Ireland came out the other side as 23-17 winners in a closely contested battle.

Both teams have seen many changes since then and will be looking to use this encounter to showcase the work that they have put in over the past few seasons.

USA are on a relative high having placed fourth in the Women’s Rugby World Cup last year after an exciting match against France. However, they are missing several of their key players from their World Cup team who have returned to their sevens program.

The USA team kicked off their November series two weeks ago, losing to a well drilled New Zealand team and a clinical England team. However, they also recently had a USA Women’s select side who came out on top against an England ‘A’ side.

They have mixed it up a bit for this game with seven changes from their last senior outing against England and interestingly the comparatively inexperienced half back pair of Carly Waters and Gabby Cantorna get a start.

Ireland have been preparing extensively over the past few months, though the players haven’t been getting much actual rugby, with most of the squad pulled from the AIL programme over several rounds.

The Ireland squad includes four new faces; Lauren Delany who starts at full back after coming through the IQ Rugby Programme and Laura Sheehan who starts at wing after making an impression over the past few seasons with UL Bohemian and Munster. Youngsters Emma Hooban, from St Marys, and Beibhinn Parsons, from Ballinasloe, are named on the bench.

Claire McLaughlin is the sole Ulster representative in the Ireland side.

Ireland are mainly a fresh side but add the experience of Lindsay Peat, Sene Naoupu, Fiona Reidy, Claire Molloy and captain Ciara Griffin. Ulster’s Claire McLaughlin is also named on the 23 reverting to the backs after playing wing forward with Ulster.

Ireland know that USA are going to hit the ground running from the start of the game as they have experienced two upsets already this November. However this should give Ireland some confidence going into the game as they already know what game style and threats to expect from watching the USA team.

We expect the “match ready” USA to take an early lead with Ireland coming more into the match as the game progresses in what should be a useful run out for two rebuilding sides.

Lauren Delany15Kaitlyn Broughton
Eimear Considine14Kelsi Stockert
Sene Naoupu13Meya Bizer
Michelle Claffey12Kimber Rozier
Laura Sheehan11Jennine Duncan
Nikki Caughey10Gabby Cantorna
Ailsa Hughes9Carly Waters
Lindsay Peat1Catie Benson
Sarah Mimnagh2Katy Augustyn
Fiona Reidy3Nick James
Aoife McDermott4Stacey Bridges
Ciara Cooney5Kristine Sommer
Edel McMahon6Rachel Johnson
Claire Molloy7Kate Zackary (C)
Ciara Griffin8Jordan Gray-Matyas
Emma Hooban16Tiana A’au
Laura Feely17Azniv Nalbandian
Leah Lyons18Joyce Taufa
Nichola Fryday19Alycia Washington
Jeamie Deacon20Anna Karen Pedraza
Nicole Cronin21Evan Hoese
Claire McLaughlin22McKenzie Hawkins
Beibhinn Parsons23Megan Foster

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