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We caught up with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds earlier this morning as they were going through their preparations for thier 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. 

Ulser 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 WomenUBC Thunderbirds
Holly Brannigan15Hunter Czeppel
Fiona Tuite14Charlotte Ketchen
Maeve Liston13Madison Gold
Kelly McCormill12Shoshanah Seumanutafa
Emma Jordan11Kally King
Jemma Jackson10Breanna Aikens
Kathryn Dane9Alancia Jeffery
Emma Kearney1Isabelle St Pierre
Neve Jones2Rachel Choboter
Shannon Heapes3Tess Woldring
Chloe McIlwaine4Rori Wood
Keelin Brady5Tessa Storm
Beth Cregan6Kendra Roberts
Katie Heatherington7Nicola Jones
Lauren Maginnes8Lyric Atchison
Lesley Megarity16Nicole Simoneau
Ilse Van Staden17Heather Ritchie
Aishling O’Connell18Payton McNeill
Rebecca Lawlor19Rachel Smith
Megan Brodie20Kristin Johnson
Storm Cobain21Jordan McLeod
Jena McKeown22Oreoluwa Abikoye
Lisa Mullen23Mackenzie Adams
Peita McAlister24
Ella Durkan25
Dolores Hughes26
Diane Ramsay27
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