The teams for Ulster Women’s final Interprovincial match, against Connacht, have been announced. The game takes place at the Sportsgrounds on Saturday afternoon, kick off 2:30 pm.

Ulster have made a few changes with Ella Durkin coming in for the injured Emma Jordan and Aishling O’Connell swaps with Shannon Heapes in the front row. Brittany Hogan is unavailable due to Ireland 7s duties so Diane Ramsey returns to the squad and Chloe McIlwaine comes in for what should be her first cap.

Unfortunately, both sides are well out of championship contention but the game is an important milestone for Ulster in particular as the match will mark their 6 year anniversary of their last win and, frankly, that’s long enough!

Ulster do go into the game as marginal favourites in that they’ve “bothered” the big two, Leinster and Munster, more than Connacht have this series. Ulster’s try bonus point, picked up last week against Munster, the main difference between these sides as can bee seen from the table below.

Team Pl W D L F A Diff TB LB Pts
Leinster Women 2 2 0 0 64 0 64 1 0 9
Munster Women 2 2 0 0 64 27 37 1 0 9
Ulster Women 2 0 0 2 20 57 -37 1 0 1
Connacht Women 2 0 0 2 7 71 -64 0 0 0

 

Connacht may be in free fall this season but they will still be formidable opponents against an Ulster side that only starts playing when they go behind. It is clearly a confidence issue for a team that has been battered and bruised by the other three teams in this competition for the last six years solid.

They have shown a spark of recovery this season, but it’s a faint spark and one that a big rumbling Connacht pack could easily stamp out. If the Ulster players want to win this one they have to kick less, take it on up front and spin it wide for Downey and Durkan to do some damage. #SUFTUW

Connacht Women Ulster Women
Mairead Coyne 15 Larissa Muldoon
Jill Drapper 14 Eliza Downey
Catherine Martin 13 Maeve Liston
Nichole Fowley 12 Vicky Irwin
Orla Dixon 11 Ella Durkan
Hillary Griffin 10 Jemma Jackson
Mary Healy 9 Kathryn Dane
Laura Feely 1 Ilse van Staden
ciara O’Connor 2 Neve Jones
Anne-Marie O’Hora 3 Aishling O’Connell
Nicola Caldbeck 4 Rebecca Lawlor
Amelle Roux 5 Sorcha Mac Laimhin
Denise Redmond 6 Beth Cregan
Edel McMahon 7 Claire McLaughlin
Nichola Fryday 8 Lauren Maginnes
Moya Griffin 16 Michelle Gormley-McLaughlin
Elizabeth McNicholas 17 Shannon Heapes
Julia Bauer 18 Kathryn Hannah
Clodagh Dunne 19 Keelin Brady
Tara Buggie 20 Pieta McAlister
Shannon Lane 21 Fiona Tuite
Ellen Taite 22 Chloe McIlwaine
Rachel Healy 23 Diane Ramsey

#SUFTUM