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The teams have been announced for the U18 Women’s Interprovincial match between Ulster and Connacht which takes place tomorrow afternoon at Queen’s Sport Arena. Kick off 13:00.

With both sides likely to face each other in a fortnights time, in the knockout semi finals, it’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out. Poor planning for these early round games means that both these sides continue to miss key players to the Sevens programme. It’s a real pity and a huge backward step for the underage club game.

Ulster have made only one change as Zara Flack (Enniskillen) opts to return to XV’s rugby after being held back for an Ireland 7s camp last week. Connacht.on the other hand have made a dramatic nine changes to the side that beat Munster last week.

You would think that with such limited XV’s experience, and only really one evening session this week, that nine changes would be hard to absorb, for the visiting side, and Ulster go into this one as clear favourites.

However, the key game will be in a fortnights time and I expect both teams will keep their powder dry, to an extent, in this one.

Current standings. 

Leinster U18 2 2 0 0 77 30 47 13 6 2 0 10
Ulster U18 2 1 0 1 37 50 -13 7 8 1 0 5
Connacht U18 2 1 0 1 20 39 -19 4 7 0 0 4
Munster U18 2 0 0 2 12 27 -15 2 5 0 1 1


Ulster U18 Connacht U18
Farrah McCloskey (Enniskillen) 15 Hannah Gullane (c) (Ballinasloe)
Sophie Kinghan (Dundalk) 14 Avril Deely (Ballinasloe)
Zara Flack (Enniskillen) 13 Fodhla Ni Bhraonain (Corinthians)
Moya Hill (Enniskillen) 12 Maeve Muldoon (Ballinasloe)
Emma Ryan (Virginia) 11 Alana Roche (Oughterard)
Toni Macartney (Larne) 10 Caoimhe Geraghty (Corinthians)
Sarah Shrestha (Dungannon) 9 Aisling Browne (Westport)
Ella Garland (Cooke) 1 Mary McLoughlin (Westport)
Aoife Cahill (Malone) 2 Molly Ager (Claremorris)
Ava Fannin (c) (Virginia) 3 Aimee Kelly (Buccaneers)
Kim Johnston (Dungannon) 4 Mollie Starr (Portumna)
Taryn Schutzler (Malone) 5 Faith Oviawe (Buccaneers)
Rachel McGee (Ballyshannon) 6 Katelyn Bourke (Ballina)
Erin Carson (Malone) 7 Hannah Johnston (Sligo)
Sophie Barrett (Enniskillen) 8 Leah Hogarty (Ballinasloe)
Cara O’Neill (Malone) 16 Emily Gavin (Ballinasloe)
Hannah Cooney (Malone) 17 Zara Grehan (Ballinasloe)
Delyth Cook (Ballyclare) 18 Aisling Hahessy (Claremorris)
S.Cassdiy Campbell (Ballyclare) 19 Hannah Coen (Creggs)
Jennifer Collins (Donaghadee) 20 Rachel Larkin (Ballinasloe)
Lauren Kilfedder (Enniskillen) 21 Olivia Haverty (Portumna)
Lucy Thompson (Enniskillen) 22 Meghan Walsh (Connemara)
Jana McQuillan (Larne) 23 Katie Hogan (Westport)

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