Wednesday 21 March 2018

Munster trio get first Ireland calls

Ireland head coach Tom Tierney
Ireland head coach Tom Tierney

Daragh Small

Three uncapped Munster stars will be involved in the Ireland Women's squad for the November international.

Ireland take on England at the Stoop on Saturday, November, 14 (3.0), and coach Tom Tierney has handed dream call-ups to new faces Elaine Anthony from Highfield, Tralee's Zoe Grattage and Fony Reidy from UL Bohemian.

All three are named among the 23-strong squad for Ireland's first ever autumn international.

In all there are four Munster women selected, with star player Niamh Briggs (UL Bohs) also on board.

Once again Leinster dominate the selection, with eight in the party.

Like Munster, Connacht have four representatives, while there are two players who ply their trade with Toulouse.

In all there are ten uncapped players in the squad as Ireland look to build on their sensational Six Nations victory last season.

Along with the Munster trio, Nikki Caughey, Ciara Cooney, Mairead Coyne, Jeamie Deacon, Aine Donnelly, Claire McLaughlin and Cliodhna Moloney are set to make their bows.

And Tierney is excited about the opportunity for his team to showcase their talents.

"We are looking forward to the game in November. It's the first time we have played an autumn international which is another step in the development of women's rugby," he said.

"We have an opportunity to have a look at some new players and combinations, building towards the Six Nations."

Irish Independent

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