Monday 20 February 2017

Four Munster women named in Ireland squad

Published 06/11/2015 | 02:30

Ireland Women's coach Tom Tierney
Ireland Women's coach Tom Tierney

The Ireland Women's squad to play England in a historic first autumn international has been named and it includes four Munster players from this year's victorious interprovincial side.

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There are new faces on the squad, with ten players uncapped at this level including Munster's Elaine Anthony (second-row), Zoe Grattage (hooker) and Fiona Reidy (prop).

Munster captain Niamh Briggs (full-back) has also been named as Ireland prepare for the defence of their Six Nations title.

Ireland take on their English counterparts at the Twickenham Stoop tomorrow week with a 3.0 kick-off.

Speaking ahead of the game, Ireland Women's coach Tom Tierney said: "It's the first time we have played an autumn international which is another step in the development in women's rugby. We have an opportunity to have a look at some new players and combinations building towards the Six Nations."

Ireland Women's Squad (v England)

Elaine Anthony (Highfield/Munster)*

Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemian/Munster)

Nikki Caughey (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)*

Ciara Cooney (Railway Union/Leinster)*

Mairead Coyne (Galwegians/Connacht)*

Jeamie Deacon (Blackrock/Leinster)*

Aine Donnelly (Cill Dara/Leinster)*

Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Paula Fitzpatrick (Toulouse)

Orla Fitzsimons (St Marys/Leinster)

Zoe Grattage (Tralee/Munster)*

Mary Healy (Galwegians/Connacht)

Claire McLaughlin (Queen's University/Ulster)*

Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)

Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union/Leinster)*

Larissa Muldoon (Skewen)

Sene Naoupu (Galwegians/Sevens)

Heather O'Brien (Stade Toulousain)

Fiona O'Brien (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Ruth O'Reilly (Galwegians/Connacht)

Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemian/Munster)*

Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Exiles)

Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

*Denotes uncapped player at this level

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