Thursday 8 December 2016

Uncapped trio get chance to impress

Daragh Small

Published 09/10/2015 | 02:30

Ireland coach Tom Tierney has also called on the experience of star player Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians)
Ireland coach Tom Tierney has also called on the experience of star player Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians)

Three uncapped Munster players have been picked in the Ireland Women's squad that will take part in an open training session at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast tomorrow (2.30pm).

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Elaine Anthony (Highfield), Zoe Garttage (Tralee) and Edel Murphy (UL Bohemians) have been selected as part of the 33-woman squad. Ireland coach Tom Tierney has also called on the experience of star player Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians).

The Women's Rugby World Cup will be centred around Belfast and Dublin in 2017, and this is an ideal chance for those involved to showcase their talents.

Ireland have a massive season ahead of them as they look to back up their success in last season's Six Nations.

Fourteen of those selected have never featured at international level for Ireland, and that includes the likes of Sevens' star Nikki Caughey from Ulster.

Ulster are the least represented with just two, while Connacht have six players involved and Leinster have 13. There are eight representatives from outside the four provinces.

Ireland finished fourth in the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup in France. England won the competition, but Ireland's first victory over the Black Ferns captured the imagination.

Tries from Heather O'Brien and Alison Miller sealed a famous 17-14 victory in the sides' first ever meeting.

There has been a huge turnover in personnel since then, but this team will be looking to build on the 2015 Six Nations.

Irish Independent

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