Davis' World Cup dream shattered
Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30
Ireland Womens' scrum-half Amy Davis has been ruled out of next month's World Cup due to injury with Tania Rosser drafted in as he replacement
Coach Philip Doyle has named an experienced squad of 26, captained by Fiona Coghlan.
"We have just come off the back of three weekends of intensive training and we had to cut the squad to just 26 players, which has been difficult," said Doyle, who has selected an even split of 13 forwards and backs.
"Everybody applied themselves brilliantly and I would like to congratulate all for their involvement. Women's rugby is at an all-time high in Ireland and with that comes great expectation. We are well placed for the tournament and are looking forward to heading to France and getting started."
Ireland open their campaign on August 1 with a tough encounter against USA before tackling New Zealand and Kazakhstan.
TG4 will show Ireland's pool games as well as both semi-finals and the final.
MAX SORENSEN again proved a thorn in the side of the North-West Warriors, with 68 not out as Leinster Lightning reached 299-9 on the first day of a hard-fought NewsTalk FM InterPro Championship clash at Malahide.
Sorensen, who shared a last-wicket stand of 93 with Fintan McAllister in the reverse fixture in May, improved that record by 16 runs as he and Albert van der Merwe batted through the final session.
The Warriors had the better of the early exchanges with only a solid 61 from Bill Coghlan, of Clontarf, holding together the home side after World Cup hopeful Craig Young had grabbed three top order wickets on his way to figures of 4-74.
The last-wicket pair came together with Lightning 190-9 and still 10 runs short of a second batting point but the pair refused to be parted and had added 109 at stumps.
The first finishers in the 35-fleet Round Ireland Race are expected to reach Wicklow late this evening.
David Ryan's 70ft Monster Project held an apparently commanding lead as his 18-strong crew coaxed speed in the near calm conditions.
The team appeared set to cross the critical Rathlin Island tidal gate before 2.0am, which is one of the biggest tactical hurdles in the race. By daybreak today, the team will be preparing for the final sprint towards the Wicklow finish though more than 100 miles remain before 'line honours' are decided.