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  • Gillian Bourke

    Gillian Bourke

    DoB1984-08-28 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.64 m (5' 5") Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb) PositionHooker

    Gillian took up rugby in college and has starred for UL Bohemians and Munster, winning nine All-Ireland League titles and six Interprovincial crowns respectively.

    An Ireland debutant in 2008, the Limerick native has become a mainstay of the Irish pack - starting all five of the Grand Slam games in 2013 and the performance analyst touched down twice against France earlier this year.

    Gillian, who is also a keen show jumper, has palyed in two Women's Rugby World Cups.

    Gillian Bourke
  • Niamh Briggs

    Niamh Briggs

    DoB1984-09-30 Birthplace Height1.68 m (5' 6") Weight78 kg (12 st 4 lb) PositionFull-back

    Niamh, Ireland's goal-kicking full-back, has been to the fore during the squad's challenge for both Six Nations and Women's Rugby World Cup silverware.

    A native of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, she scored three tries and kicked 28 points during the 2013 Grand Slam-winning campaign and has won a number of individual awards, including the Rugby Writers of Ireland and Munster Rugby honours. She was voted scrumqueens.com World Player of the Year for 2013.

    'Briggsy', who comes from a sporting family and is a former Waterford Gaelic footballer, works as a Garda in Limerick where she plays for UL Bohemians. Her rugby career started at Dungarvan RFC, aged 21, before she linked up with Clonmel RFC at senior level.

    Niamh was appointed captain of the team for the 2014/14 season.

    Niamh Briggs
  • Kerrie-Ann Craddock

    Kerrie-Ann Craddock

    DoB1984-08-30 Birthplace Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb) PositionProp

    Kerrie-Ann made the step up to international rugby alongside her Saracens club-mate Hannah Casey when winning her first Ireland cap off the bench against Scotland earlier this year. She works as a PE teacher in London.

    The powerhouse prop, who grew up in Cashel, Co. Tipperary, also appeared as a replacement in the England and Italy games at Twickenham and the Aviva Stadium respectively, before earning her first start in the girls in green's World Cup pool win over Kazakhstan.

    Kerrie-Ann Craddock
  • Nicole Cronin

    Nicole Cronin

    DoB1992-08-20 Birthplace Height1.55 m (5' 1") Weight53 kg (8 st 5 lb) Position

    Nicole Cronin
  • Emma Dunne

    Emma Dunne

    DoB1987-06-25 Birthplace Height1.72 m (5' 8") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) Position

    Emma Dunne
  • Ailis Egan

    Ailis Egan

    DoB1984-04-02 Birthplace Height1.72 m (5' 8") Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb) Position

    Ailis plays her club rugby for Old Belvedere and has notched up a quarter century of caps for Ireland.

    She works as a fund raiser for MS Ireland.

    Ailis Egan
  • Katie Fitzhenry

    Katie Fitzhenry

    DoB1989-04-23 Birthplace Height1.69 m (5' 7") Weight70 kg (11 st 0 lb) Position

    Katie is a full time member of the Ireland Women's Sevens squad. She plays her club rugby for Blackrock College RFC.

    Katie Fitzhenry
  • Paula Fitzpatrick

    Paula Fitzpatrick

    DoB1985-08-12 Birthplace Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight82 kg (12 st 12 lb) Position

    Paula plays her club rugby for St. Mary's College RFC.

    She is an Exercise Physiologist and a Director of STRIVE Sport Science, an applied sports science testing and research company based out of Dublin City University.

    Paula Fitzpatrick
  • Orla Fitzsimons

    Orla Fitzsimons

    DoB1981-08-22 Birthplace Height () Weight () Position

    Orla Fitzsimons
  • Fiona Hayes

    Fiona Hayes

    DoB1982-09-13 Birthplace Height1.68 m (5' 6") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) PositionBack Row

    Fiona Hayes
  • Alison Miller

    Alison Miller

    DoB1984-10-30 Birthplace Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight67 kg (10 st 7 lb) PositionWing

    Alison Miller
  • Sarah Mimnagh

    Sarah Mimnagh

    DoB1990-04-30 Birthplace Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight65 kg (10 st 3 lb) Position

    Sarah Mimnagh
  • Claire Molloy

    Claire Molloy

    DoB1988-06-22 Birthplace Height1.64 m (5' 5") Weight70 kg (11 st 0 lb) PositionFlanker/Centre

    Claire is one of two Connacht players in the RWC squad.

    She plays her club rugby for Bristol and is a student in Cardiff University.

    She is a flanker and has been in the squad for the past two seasons.

    Claire Molloy
  • Larissa Muldoon

    Larissa Muldoon

    DoB1991-03-11 Birthplace Height1.68 m (5' 6") Weight74 kg (11 st 9 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Larissa Muldoon
  • Jenny Murphy

    Jenny Murphy

    DoB1989-05-30 Birthplace Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight81 kg (12 st 10 lb) Position

    Jenny Murphy
  • Sene Nauopu

    Sene Nauopu

    DoB1984-02-02 Birthplace Height1.66 m (5' 5") Weight63 kg (9 st 13 lb) Position

    Sene Nauopu
  • Katie Norris

    Katie Norris

    DoB1989-01-20 Birthplace Height1.77 m (5' 10") Weight82 kg (12 st 12 lb) Position

    Katie Norris
  • Heather O'Brien

    Heather O'Brien

    DoB1984-07-22 Birthplace Height1.69 m (5' 7") Weight70 kg (11 st 0 lb) Position

    Heather O'Brien
  • Elise O'Byrne-White

    Elise O'Byrne-White

    DoB1990-10-14 Birthplace Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight70 kg (11 st 0 lb) Position

    Elise O'Byrne-White
  • Ruth O'Reilly

    Ruth O'Reilly

    DoB1981-08-12 Birthplace Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight87 kg (13 st 9 lb) Position

    Ruth O'Reilly
  • Marie Louise Reilly

    Marie Louise Reilly

    DoB1980-04-01 Birthplace Height1.94 m (6' 4") Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb) Position2nd Row

    Mary Louise is a relatively new face in the squad having made the breakthrough this season.

    She attended Scoil Dara in Kilcock and is Sports Development Officer.

    She plays her club rugby for Navan RFC and lines out at 5.

    Marie Louise Reilly
  • Tania Rosser

    Tania Rosser

    DoB1978-04-15 Birthplace Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight61 kg (9 st 8 lb) PositionScrumhalf

    Another hugely experienced player, Tanya has been an ever present in Ireland teams in recent seasons only taking time out for the birth of her children.

    She is a teacher and hails from New Zealand where she attended Karamu High School and Wangamui University.

    Tania Rosser
  • Jackie Shiels

    Jackie Shiels

    DoB1985-01-01 Birthplace Height1.57 m (5' 2") Weight75 kg (11 st 11 lb) PositionFull Back/Centre

    Jackie is a relative newcomer to the squad with only one cap under her belt so far.

    She plays for Richmond and Leinster at centre or fullback.

    She is a Teacher and also plays Gaelic, soccer and enjoys swimming.

    Jackie Shiels
  • Sophie Spence

    Sophie Spence

    DoB1987-02-26 Birthplace Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight81 kg (12 st 10 lb) Position

    Sophie Spence
  • Nora Stapleton

    Nora Stapleton

    DoB1983-07-05 Birthplace Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) PositionOut Half

    Nora is Women's And Girls Development Executive for the IRFU. She works with the four provincial development officers to implement initiative aimed at growing the numbers of girls and women playing rugby.

    She attended UCD and plays her club rugby for Old Belvedere RFC whom she has helped to league success in recent seasons. She has also helped Leinster to inter-provincial success.

    Nora was a key member of the 2013 Women's Grand Slam team.

    Nora Stapleton
  • Hannah Tyrell

    Hannah Tyrell

    DoB1990-04-10 Birthplace Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight67 kg (10 st 7 lb) Position

    Hannah Tyrell
  • Megan Williams

    Megan Williams

    DoB1987-11-03 Birthplace Height1.72 m (5' 8") Weight69 kg (10 st 12 lb) Position

    Megan Williams
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