We caught up with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds earlier this morning as they were going through their preparations for thier match against Ulster Rugby Women at Belfast Harlequins this afternoon. Kick off 17:00.

The Thunderbirds are coached by Dean Murten who coached in Ulster before becoming involved with the Canadian national programme. This will be the first hit out for the college side this season, as they undergo a short tour of Ireland, ahead of their Collegiate rugby competitions. In the three match tour they will be playing Ulster, Carrick Women and Suttonians Women over the next ten days.

We had a chat with captain Madison Gold at the end of their preparations. 

Ulser Women are coming to the end of their preseason preparations for the interpros so they should be a little more polished than their Canadian rivals. However both coaches have gone for young sides though Ulster should have a bit more experience in key positions.

The unofficial team announcements are shown below.

Ulster Women UBC Thunderbirds
Holly Brannigan 15 Hunter Czeppel
Fiona Tuite 14 Charlotte Ketchen
Maeve Liston 13 Madison Gold
Kelly McCormill 12 Shoshanah Seumanutafa
Emma Jordan 11 Kally King
Jemma Jackson 10 Breanna Aikens
Kathryn Dane 9 Alancia Jeffery
Emma Kearney 1 Isabelle St Pierre
Neve Jones 2 Rachel Choboter
Shannon Heapes 3 Tess Woldring
Chloe McIlwaine 4 Rori Wood
Keelin Brady 5 Tessa Storm
Beth Cregan 6 Kendra Roberts
Katie Heatherington 7 Nicola Jones
Lauren Maginnes 8 Lyric Atchison
Lesley Megarity 16 Nicole Simoneau
Ilse Van Staden 17 Heather Ritchie
Aishling O’Connell 18 Payton McNeill
Rebecca Lawlor 19 Rachel Smith
Megan Brodie 20 Kristin Johnson
Storm Cobain 21 Jordan McLeod
Jena McKeown 22 Oreoluwa Abikoye
Lisa Mullen 23 Mackenzie Adams
Peita McAlister 24
Ella Durkan 25
Dolores Hughes 26
Diane Ramsay 27

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