Always glad to roll out this picture of Nikki Caughey dotting down against Munster.

Six Ulster girls have made the initial cut for Ireland Women’s Six Nations panel giving Ulster it’s highest representation at this level for many a year.

The girls are evenly spread over Ulster’s more successful women sides with two from Cooke, two from Belfast Harlequins and two from City of Derry as follows: –

Belfast Harlequins: Ashleigh Baxter, Nikki Caughey

City of Derry: Stacey Lea Kennedy, Glenda Mellon

Cooke: Lauren Day, Grace Davitt.

The girls now go forward to the final selection process on the weekend of 7th January when they are likely to be joined by fellow Ulster player Larissa Muldoon should she recover fully from injury.

It’s been a spectacular rise for youngsters Baxter and Caughey who have only just completed their successful first season with Ulster and it’s a fantastic achievement by Mellon who has produced the form of her career to force her way into the reckoning.

It’s the second season of  Irish involvement for the exceptionally hard working Kennedy who will be pushing hard for more game time this season and Day has done well to fend off stiff competition.

Davitt’s return to the Ireland set up is a testament to her form during the recent Inter-provincials where she guided a young and inexperienced Ulster back-line with much aplomb!

Irish Women’s Schedule. 

Six Nations Panel Final Cut – 7/8 January 2011

Women’s Six Nations Fixtures.

Date Fixture Venue
3rd February 2012, 19:30 Ireland v Wales Ashbourne RFC.
11th February 2012, 18:30 France v Ireland Stade de Harneau, Pau
24th February, 19:30 Ireland v Italy Ashbourne RFC
9th March 2012, 19:30 Ireland v Scotland Ashbourne RFC
17th March 2012, 14:30 England v Ireland Esher RFC, London