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Connacht women look to up the ante against Leinster

Published 05/09/2014 | 02:30

Connacht skipper Ruth O'Reilly (centre): 'We're all confident we can up the ante further'. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Connacht skipper Ruth O'Reilly (centre): 'We're all confident we can up the ante further'. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Connacht Women will heed little history tomorrow as they open their campaign against Leinster at Galwegians.

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While recent results favour the visitors, little separated the two in last week's pre-season clash. The only gaps of any consequence to skipper Ruth O'Reilly tomorrow are those she and her colleagues will seek to exploit.

"This is a mobile squad. We have a game plan to suit that mobility, and we've seen glimpses of it against Ulster and Leinster in the past few weeks," she said.

"We're all confident we can up the ante further and there's no more worthy an occasion than an interpro opener at home."

Buoyed by 2013 Six Nations success and a best ever World Cup finish, women's rugby is on the crest of a wave in this country.

Connacht is also riding high. Aside from a branch contribution, the Women have also secured corporate assistance from Galway-headquartered The City Bin Co.

And while The City Bin Co's iconic red colour scheme suggests allegiance to one of the other camps, marketing and online profile manager Oisin Browne said allegiance lay firmly with the locals.

"Women's rugby in Ireland is on the up. Our office is full of rugby fans and we share a common thread with these girls in that they're looking to make history, shake up the status quo, and take on the heavyweights," he said.

Forwards coach George Naoupu has plied his trade to full effect over two stints with Connacht. Charged with steering the Galwegians Women last winter, he and 12 of this year's interpro squad enjoyed All-Ireland club success in 2014's Cup Championship.

"It's a big jump up in standard from club to rep rugby but it's great so many of this squad have tasted national success," he said.

Irish Independent

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