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2019-20 Connacht U18 Girls Interprovincials Provincial Rugby Youth Ulster U18 Girls

Interprovincial: Teams up for U18 Semi Final v Connacht

Ulster and Connacht U18 teams meet again for the second time in two weeks, in the Women’s Interprovincial Semi Final at St Mary’s College RFC, Dublin on Saturday afternoon. Kick off 12:00.

Both teams welcome back their 7s players who, by virtue of poor organisation, were involved in the Home Nations and Rugby Europe 7s tournaments.

Connacht have five changes to their squad with Westport duo Grace Browne Moran and Ava Ryder returning from 7s duty and they are joined by Eva McCormack, who captains the side, Caoimhe English McNamara and Nina McVann. They have also made some positional changes swapping round some of the starters and finishers from last time out.

Ulster’s returnees offer head coach Charlie Farrell several option to add a touch more variety from from the last meeting.

The Front Row Union spoke to Farrell on his selection:

There were a few tough decisions to be made but I believe we’ve a squad that’ll do well.

I’m really excited for this weekend, we’ve a very strong 23 which provides us with a number of different dynamics to our attack through the starting XV and the quality bench we can call on. Charlie Farrell, Ulster U18 Coach

Lucy Turkington, Amanda McQuade and India Daley all come into the starting line up with starlet Mya Alcorn to be released from the bench later in the game. It’s the strength of Ulster’s bench, with Alcorn joined by the impressive Rachel McGee and Moya Hill, that gives the Ulster side the edge and I expect to see them progressing to the final next weekend.

Ulster won their last meeting 19 -12 at the Queen’s University Sports Arena on 31st August, the win leaving Ulster as 2nd seeds for the knock out game, Connacht finished as 3rd seeds.

TEAMPLWPDBPPTS
Leinster U183359214
Ulster U1832(6)19
Connacht U1831(26)15
Munster U1830(27)11
Interprovincial U18 Girls. Standings after 3rd Round.

Teams

ULSTER U18CONNACHT U18
Lucy Turkington15Caoimhe English McNamara
Sophie Kinghan14Hannah Gullane
Zara Flack13Fodhla Ni Bhraonain
Amanda McQuade12Meghan Walsh
Farrah McCloskey11Katie Hogan
Toni Macartney10Caoimhe Geraghty
Sarah Shrestha9Olivia Haverty
Ella Garland1Mary McLoughlin
Aoife Cahill2Emily Gavin
Ava Fannin (c)3Zara Grehan
Kim Johnston4Eva McCormack (C)
Taryn Schutzler5Aisling Hahessy
Sophie Barrett6Katelyn Bourke
Erin Carson7Hannah Johnston
India Daley8Grace Brown Moran
   
Cara O’Neill16Molly Ager
Hannah Cooney17Aimee Kelly
Delyth Cook18Leah Hogarty
Rachel McGee19Mollie Starr
Lauren Kilfedder20Aishling Browne
Moya Hill21Alana Roche
Mya Alcorn22Nina McVann
Lucy Thompson23Ava Ryder

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