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.
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.
|IRELAND WOMEN||USA WOMEN|
|Lauren Delany||15||Kaitlyn Broughton|
|Eimear Considine||14||Kelsi Stockert|
|Sene Naoupu||13||Meya Bizer|
|Michelle Claffey||12||Kimber Rozier|
|Laura Sheehan||11||Jennine Duncan|
|Nikki Caughey||10||Gabby Cantorna|
|Ailsa Hughes||9||Carly Waters|
|Lindsay Peat||1||Catie Benson|
|Sarah Mimnagh||2||Katy Augustyn|
|Fiona Reidy||3||Nick James|
|Aoife McDermott||4||Stacey Bridges|
|Ciara Cooney||5||Kristine Sommer|
|Edel McMahon||6||Rachel Johnson|
|Claire Molloy||7||Kate Zackary (C)|
|Ciara Griffin||8||Jordan Gray-Matyas|
|Emma Hooban||16||Tiana A’au|
|Laura Feely||17||Azniv Nalbandian|
|Leah Lyons||18||Joyce Taufa|
|Nichola Fryday||19||Alycia Washington|
|Jeamie Deacon||20||Anna Karen Pedraza|
|Nicole Cronin||21||Evan Hoese|
|Claire McLaughlin||22||McKenzie Hawkins|
|Beibhinn Parsons||23||Megan Foster|