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Five Munster girls named in Ireland U-18 Sevens squad

Published 29/08/2014 | 02:30

Irene O'Herlihy has been selected alongside Jayne Pennefather, Zoe Lynch, Aisling O'Hagan and Chloe Blackmore to represent Ireland U-18 Girls' Sevens. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Irene O'Herlihy has been selected alongside Jayne Pennefather, Zoe Lynch, Aisling O'Hagan and Chloe Blackmore to represent Ireland U-18 Girls' Sevens. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Five Munster players have been named in the Ireland U-18 Girls' Sevens squad to take part in the 2014 Sainsbury's UK School Games in Manchester from September 4-7.

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Carrigaline RFC's Jayne Pennefather, part of the Irish squad that finished fourth in the tournament last year, will captain the side and joins her Munster colleagues Irene Herlihy, Zoe Lynch, Aisling O'Hagan and Chloe Blackmore.

The 12-strong squad were selected after 200 girls, from a wide range of sporting backgrounds including GAA, hockey, athletics, gymnastics, basketball and rugby, attended open screening days held throughout the country in April.

Looking ahead to the tournament, head coach Stan McDowell said: "We are delighted to name the squad to take place in the UK School Games in Manchester.

"Women's rugby is on a high after great performances by the senior team in recent years and we were very pleased to have had over 200 girls from across the country try out for the squad in early April.

"The UK School Games represents a fantastic opportunity for the 12 girls selected to participate in a multi-sport event featuring 12 different sports with over 1,700 athletes creating an experience they will long remember."

IRELAND GIRLS' U-18 SEVENS Squad -

Chloe Blackmore (Carrick-on-Suir/Munster); Eimear Corri (Portlaoise/Leinster); Meabh Donohoe (Tullow/Leinster); Stacey Flood (Railway Union/Leinster); Irene Herlihy (Mallow/Munster); Jessica Hunt (Wicklow/Leinster); Shannen Lane (Cavan/Ulster); Zoe Lynch (Carrick-on-Suir/Munster);

Meabh O'Brien (Naas/Leinster); Aisling O'Hagan (Thurles/Munster); Jayne Pennefather (Captain) (Carrigaline/Munster); Louise Scully (Cill Dara/Leinster)

Irish Independent

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