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2019-20 Editorial Interprovincials Provincial Rugby Women Ulster Women

Ulster Women: Squad announced for the Interpros.

Ulster Women’s supremo Derek Suffern has given youth a chance in the squad named for the upcoming Women’s Interprovincials.

Three of the more experienced players were unavailable for selection with Claire McLaughlin (injured) 😕 Eliza Downey (retiring) 😥 and Larissa Muldoon (switching to Leinster) 🙄 .

I’m also missing my dream pairing in the second row of Naomi’s McCullough and McCord, though I’m sure those selected will more than do a job.

All Ireland League sides Cooke and Malone dominate the 30 player squad with Cooke putting forward 11 players to Malone’s 10. Dublin side Old Belvedere have three players in the squad, Queen’s University two, with Barnhall, City of Derry, Harlequins (England) and Virginia each having one though, in fairness, in Keelin Brady, Megan Brodie and Lisa Mullen there are three that have passed through the impressive Virginia age gade programme, Mullen being the latest graduate.

Ulster Women’s Squad 2019

FORWARDSBACKS
Hannah Beattie (Malone)Holly Brannigan (Malone)
Keelin Brady (Barnhall)Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere)
Megan Brodie (Harlequins)Ella Durkan (Malone)
Shannon Buller (Queens)Dolores Hughes (Cooke)
Beth Cregan (Cooke)Vicky Irwin (Cooke)
Shannon Heapes (Cooke)Jemma Jackson (Old Belvedere)
Katie Hetherington (Cooke)Emma Jordan (Malone)
Neve Jones (Malone)Maeve Liston (Cooke)
Emma Kearney (Cooke)Peita McAlister (Malone)
Stacey-Lea Kennedy (City of Derry)Kelly McCormill (Cooke)
Rebecca Lawlor (Malone)Jena McKeown (Malone)
Aishling O’Connell (Cooke)Lisa Mullen (Virginia)
Lauren Maginnes (Malone)Diane Ramsay (Queens)
Lesley Megarity (Cooke)Fiona Tuite (Old Belvedere)
Chloe McIlwaine (Malone) 
Ilse Van Staden (Cooke) 

The squad has one final warm up game this weekend against Canadian side University of British Columbia in what we understand will be a strong test. As we’d previously stated, this will be one of our featured matches.

After that it’s straight into the Interprovincial series the following weekend with a difficult away trip to Cork, to play Munster,  before two games at home against Leinster and Connacht.

Women’s Fixtures

Sat 10 Aug17:00ULSTERUBCBelfast Harlequins RFC
Sat 17 Aug15:00MUNSTERULSTERIrish Ind. Park, Cork
Sat 24 Aug15:00ULSTERLEINSTERCity of Armagh RFC
Sat 31 Aug15:00ULSTER CONNACHT Queen’s Sports Arena
Sat 14 SepTBCULSTERTBDSt. Mary’s RFC, Dublin
Sat 21 SepTBCULSTERTBDMU Barnhall RFC

Keep up to date with our Ulster Womens coverage here. 

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