The teams have been announced for the first of this seasons’ Interprovincial matches, and it’s a bit of a step into the unknown for both sides.

Leinster Women have announced a team containing 10 new caps and face a massive task replacing some of thier recently retired internationals. However they still have a core of experienced internationals up front and that is generally where these matches are won.

With Ulster still  looking for a win in this competition since December 2012 it would be a stretch to say that they go into this game as favourites, but I would be surprised if they haven’t targeted this game for a result. Ulster have marginally more experience of the AIL in their squad and they are a year further down the line in introducing their successful U18 players from 2016 into the senior side. Unfortunately most of that year was spent out of camp, given the still chronic underfunding of the women’s game across all the provinces.

The late switching of the Interprovincials from December to September also hasn’t helped any of the provinces preparations, with many players having holidays already arranged, so this could be one of the closest competitions for some time.

Ulster’s Women’s Coach Derek Suffern has stretched his net a bit wider in his second season in charge to include players from Ballynahinch, Ballyshannon, Blackrock, Cavan, Cooke, City of Derry, Malone, Old Belvedere, Railway Union and Virginia in a team that will be captained by the experienced Larissa Muldoon.

While we will continue to Stand Up For The Ulster Women this really is a season where they need to stand up for themselves and get that big W on their side of the score sheet, no better time to start than tomorrow night.

Teams below.

Leinster Women Ulster Women
Lauren Farrell McCabe 15 Larissa Muldoon
Gemma Matthews 14 Eliza Downey
Michelle Claffey 13 Maeve Liston
Sene Naoupu 12 Vicky Irwin
Elise O’ Byrne White 11 Emma Jordan
Nikki Caughey 10 Jemma Jackson
Ellen Murphy 9 Kathryn Dane
Lindsay Peat 1 Ilse van Staden
Emma Hooban 2 Neve Jones
Katie O’Dwyer 3 Sorcha Mac Lamhin
Aoife McDermott 4 Lauren  Maginnes
Meg Kendall 5 Rebecca Lawlor
Jeamie Deacon 6 Bethany McDowell
Juliet Short 7 Claire McLaughlin
Hannah O’Connor 8 Beth Cregan
Ann Marie Rooney 16 Michelle Gormley-McLaughlin
Christy Haney 17 Shannon Heaps
Linda Djougang 18 Aishling O’Connell
Mairead Holohan 19 Kathryn Hanna
Nicole Purdom 20 Keelin Brady
Niamh Griffin 21 Pieta McAlister
Nicole Carroll 22 Diane Ramsey
Ray Lawless 23 Ella Durkan

About Author

Ageing hooker who played rugby in England, Wales and Scotland before returning home to see out my twilight years with Larne RFC's Mighty 5th XV. I've a special interest in Irish Women's Rugby and enjoy covering Ireland U20's and Ulster Schools in an attempt to "discover" the stars of the future!

#SUFTUM