We caught up with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds earlier this morning as they were going through their preparations for their match against Ulster Rugby Women at Belfast Harlequins this afternoon. Kick off 17:00.
The Thunderbirds are coached by Dean Murten who coached in Ulster before becoming involved with the Canadian national programme. This will be the first hit out for the college side this season, as they undergo a short tour of Ireland, ahead of their Collegiate rugby competitions. In the three match tour they will be playing Ulster, Carrick Women and Suttonians Women over the next ten days.
We had a chat with captain Madison Gold at the end of their preparations.
Ulster Women are coming to the end of their preseason preparations for the interpros so they should be a little more polished than their Canadian rivals. However both coaches have gone for young sides though Ulster should have a bit more experience in key positions.
The unofficial team announcements are shown below.
|ULSTER WOMEN||UBC THUNDERBIRDS|
|Holly Brannigan||15||Hunter Czeppel|
|Fiona Tuite||14||Charlotte Ketchen|
|Maeve Liston||13||Madison Gold|
|Kelly McCormill||12||Shoshanah Seumanutafa|
|Emma Jordan||11||Kally King|
|Jemma Jackson||10||Breanna Aikens|
|Kathryn Dane||9||Alancia Jeffery|
|Emma Kearney||1||Isabelle St Pierre|
|Neve Jones||2||Rachel Choboter|
|Shannon Heapes||3||Tess Woldring|
|Chloe McIlwaine||4||Rori Wood|
|Keelin Brady||5||Tessa Storm|
|Beth Cregan||6||Kendra Roberts|
|Katie Heatherington||7||Nicola Jones|
|Lauren Maginnes||8||Lyric Atchison|
|Lesley Megarity||16||Nicole Simoneau|
|Ilse Van Staden||17||Heather Ritchie|
|Aishling O’Connell||18||Payton McNeill|
|Rebecca Lawlor||19||Rachel Smith|
|Megan Brodie||20||Kristin Johnson|
|Storm Cobain||21||Jordan McLeod|
|Jena McKeown||22||Oreoluwa Abikoye|
|Lisa Mullen||23||Mackenzie Adams|