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  • Elaine Anthony

    Elaine Anthony

    DoB1991-08-30 Birthplace Height1.86 m (6' 1") Weight83 kg (13 st 1 lb) PositionSecond Row

    Elaine Anthony
  • Niamh Briggs

    Niamh Briggs

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

    A native of Waterford, Niamh began her rugby career aged 21 in Dungarvan before moving to Clonmel RFC and then to U.L Bohemians.

    She made her Munster debut in 2006 and has won a number of interprovincial titles with her province.
    She has represented Waterford in Gaelic football, winning the Munster Championship final in 2009.

    Niamh took over the captaincy of the Ireland Women’s team at the beginning of the 2014/15 campaign and guided Ireland to the Six Nations title in 2015.

    In 2014, Niamh was named in the IRB Team of the Year and was a member of the Irish team that finished in fourth place at the 2014 IRB Women’s World Cup.

    @niamhbriggs15

    Niamh Briggs
  • Liz Burke

    Liz Burke

    DoB1993-01-15 Birthplace Height1.74 m (5' 9") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) PositionWing

    Liz plays her club rugby with UL Bohs and is a teacher. The winger has an eye for the try line, and is a key player for her club.

    She made a try scoring debut against Scotland in the 2016 Six Nations.
     
    Liz Burke
  • Nikki Caughey

    Nikki Caughey

    DoB1992-09-03 Birthplace Height1.72 m (5' 8") Weight71 kg (11 st 2 lb) PositionOut Half / Centre

    Caughey has been involved with the Irish national side since 2012. She is a member of the Irish Sevens programme as well as playing club rugby with Railway Union, having previously played with her local club Belfast Harlequins.

    Nikki is comfortable at both out-half and centre and is also known for her physicality in defence.

    @nikkicaughey92

    Nikki Caughey
  • Ciara Cooney

    Ciara Cooney

    DoB1988-01-18 Birthplace Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight75 kg (11 st 11 lb) PositionSecond Row

    Second Row Cooney studies in I.T Carlow and plays her club rugby with Railway Union, having previously played for Tullow. She made her debut for her country in Ireland’s first ever Autumn International against England in November 2015.

    @CooneyCiara
    Ciara Cooney
  • Mairead Coyne

    Mairead Coyne

    DoB1988-10-12 Birthplace Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight73 kg (11 st 7 lb) PositionWing / Full Back

    Coyne is a powerful and abrasive winger, who can also cover full back. She plays her rugby with Galwegians.

    She made her Ireland debut against England at The Stoop in November 2015.

    Mairead played GAA county football with Galway before joining the Irish set up.
     
    Mairead Coyne
  • Aine Donnelly

    Aine Donnelly

    DoB1987-04-12 Birthplace Height1.76 m (5' 9") Weight69 kg (10 st 12 lb) PositionCentre

    Kildare native Donnelly won her first Ireland cap against England at The Stoop in autumn 2015.

    She works as a bank official and plays her club rugby with Cill Dara.

    @AineDon87
    Aine Donnelly
  • Ailis Egan

    Ailis Egan

    DoB1984-04-02 BirthplaceBath Height1.72 m (5' 8") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionProp

    Experienced prop Egan plays her club rugby with Old Belvedere and provincially with Leinster.

    She holds two Six Nations medals in her collection, having won the Grand Slam in 2013 and Ireland’s second title in 2015. She was also a member of the Ireland World Cup squad in 2014.

    Egan, who is originally from Bath works as a fundraiser.

    @AilisEgan

    Ailis Egan
  • Grainne Egan

    Grainne Egan

    DoB1987-12-13 Birthplace Height1.68 m (5' 6") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) PositionFlanker

    Egan is an engineer by trade and plays her club rugby with St.Mary’s College.

    She plays provincially with Connacht and has been involved in the Ireland set up since 2015.

     
    Grainne Egan
  • Paula Fitzpatrick

    Paula Fitzpatrick

    DoB1985-08-12 BirthplaceDublin Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight70 kg (11 st 0 lb) PositionFlanker / Back Row

    Dubliner Fitzpartrick currently plays her club rugby in the South of France with Toulouse.

    The back-rower previously played with St.Mary’s College in Dublin and with Leinster.

    She picked up a Six Nations winners medal in 2015.

    Paula owns her own applied sports science testing and research company called STRIVE.

    @Paula_Fitz

    Paula Fitzpatrick
  • Orla Fitzsimons

    Orla Fitzsimons

    DoB1981-08-22 Birthplace Height1.81 m (5' 11") Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb) PositionSecond Row

    Orla Fitzsimons
  • Kim Flood

    Kim Flood

    DoB1989-11-01 BirthplaceDublin Height1.66 m (5' 5") Weight70 kg (11 st 0 lb) PositionWing / Full Back

    Kim Flood
  • Zoe Grattage

    Zoe Grattage

    DoB1990-08-12 Birthplace Height1.67 m (5' 6") Weight79 kg (12 st 6 lb) PositionHooker

    Grattage plays her club rugby with Tralee and made her Ireland debut in 2016 in the opening Six Nations game in Donnybrook against Wales.

    Zoe is a Public Health graduate.

    @Zoe06
    Zoe Grattage
  • Ciara Griffin

    Ciara Griffin

    DoB1994-01-10 Birthplace Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight76 kg (11 st 13 lb) PositionFlanker

    “Junior” (as she is known to team mates) plays her club rugby with Tralee and provincially with Munster.

    She made her international debut against Wales during the 2016 Six Nations.

    Griffin works as a teacher, but is a keen farmer as well.
     
    Ciara Griffin
  • Fiona Hayes

    Fiona Hayes

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

    Originally from Limerick city, Fiona began her rugby career with UL Bohemian while studying a masters at the University of Limerick.

    Following selection on the Munster Women's side in 2009, Fiona claimed her first of three interprovincial titles that year and was part of the historic Ireland side that won the Grand Slam in 2013.

    Also a keen soccer player, Fiona captained UL to winning the Ireland Intervarsities title in 2005 and won the FAI Cup with Cork side Douglas Hall in 2013. 
    Fiona Hayes
  • Mary Healy

    Mary Healy

    DoB1990-08-08 Birthplace Height1.59 m (5' 3") Weight63 kg (9 st 13 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Mary made her Ireland debut against England in the first ever Autumn International between the sides in 2015.

    She plays her club rugby with Galwegians and provincially with Connacht.

    Mary previously played hockey before taking up rugby in 2012.

    @MarySHealy1
    Mary Healy
  • Claire McLaughlin

    Claire McLaughlin

    DoB1991-11-21 Birthplace Height1.69 m (5' 7") Weight70 kg (11 st 0 lb) PositionCentre

    Claire is a medical student in Queens University and balances her studies with training and playing with Ireland.

    @claire__mcl
     
    Claire McLaughlin
  • Alison Miller

    Alison Miller

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

    Alison Miller
  • Claire Molloy

    Claire Molloy

    DoB1988-06-22 Birthplace Height1.64 m (5' 5") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) PositionFlanker

    Claire is a doctor, based in Wales and plays her club rugby with Bristol.

    She won the Grand Slam with Ireland in 2013 and picked up her second Six Nations medal in 2015.

    Molloy also represented Galway in Gaelic football.

    @claire_mol

    Claire Molloy
  • Cliodhna Moloney

    Cliodhna Moloney

    DoB1993-05-31 Birthplace Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight82 kg (12 st 12 lb) PositionHooker

    Leinster and Railway Union hooker Moloney made her Ireland debut against England in November 2015.

    @cmoloney3 
    Cliodhna Moloney
  • Larissa Muldoon

    Larissa Muldoon

    DoB1991-03-11 Birthplace Height1.68 m (5' 6") Weight68 kg (10 st 10 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Larissa hails from Donegal, but is currently living in Wales, working as a health mentor.

    She is known as one of the jokers in the Irish camp and while she is very serious on the field, she prefers a more light-hearted approach off it.

    Larissa played a key role in the Six Nations victory of 2015 and was also part of the squad that claimed the 2013 Grand Slam.

    @LarissaMuldoon
    Larissa Muldoon
  • Sene Naoupu

    Sene Naoupu

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

    Sene has been playing rugby since the age of 13, having played with North Otago and Hawkes Bay in her native New Zealand before continuing the game in Ireland.

    She is part of a strong sporting family, with her husband George playing for Connacht, having previously played Sevens for New Zealand and her sister playing with Otago back in New Zealand.  Sene has several caps for the Irish Women’s team and is a qualified health and fitness coach.

    @SeneNaoupu
     
    Sene Naoupu
  • Fiona O'Brien

    Fiona O'Brien

    DoB1988-01-15 Birthplace Height1.72 m (5' 8") Weight96 kg (15 st 1 lb) PositionProp

    Waterford native O’Brien plays her club rugby with Old Belvedere and Leinster.

    She won her first cap against Italy in the 2015 Six Nations and also picked up a winners medal during the campaign.

    Fiona began playing rugby in 2009 when she took up the sport in college.


    @FobnessO
    Fiona O'Brien
  • Heather O'Brien

    Heather O'Brien

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

    Back-row O’Brien currently plays her club rugby in the South of France with Toulouse.

    Originally from Chruchtown, North Cork, she began her rugby career at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh while studying physiotherapy. Following her move back to Ireland she played with Boyne RFC in Drogheda before relocating to Cork and playing with Highfield.

    Heather was part of the Grand Slam winning side of 2013, the World Cup squad in 2014 and won her second Six Nations medal in 2015.

    She also captained Munster to the interpro title in 2013.

    Heather runs her own physiotherapist company.

    @heathermob
    Heather O'Brien
  • Elise O'Byrne-White

    Elise O'Byrne-White

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

    Zoology graduate Elise won her first cap for Ireland against Wales in Donnybrook during the 2016 Six Nations.
    She began playing rugby as a child before taking a break from the sport.

    She started playing again when she was a student in Trinity College and was part of the Ireland Sevens programme before injury meant she had to step back from this.

    After overcoming injury she began playing regularly with Leinster and won an interpro title with them in 2014 before getting selected for the Ireland side.

    She also won the All-Ireland league with Old Belvedere in 2015.

    @elise_squirrel
     
    Elise O'Byrne-White
  • Ciara O'Connor

    Ciara O'Connor

    DoB1988-12-16 Birthplace Height1.64 m (5' 5") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionProp

    Ciara O'Connor
  • Ruth O'Reilly

    Ruth O'Reilly

    DoB1981-08-12 BirthplaceTralee Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb) PositionProp

    Tralee born O’Reilly plays her club rugby in with Galwegians, of whom she is captain and led to All-Ireland title victory in 2014.

    She has been involved in the Irish set up since 2012 and won a 2015 Six Nations medal.

    Ruth is a former pupil of St John's Secondary School, in Balloonagh, and is also involved in the coaching set up in Galwegians.

    @littlemissROR
     
    Ruth O'Reilly
  • Lindsay Peat

    Lindsay Peat

    DoB1980-11-05 BirthplaceDublin Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb) PositionFront Row

    Lindsay won her first cap for Ireland against England at The Stoop in November 2015.

    She is multi-talented when it comes to sports and has won an All-Ireland title with Dublin Ladies GAA and co-captained the Irish senior women’s basketball team.

    She is a PE teacher as well as basketball coach.
     
    Lindsay Peat
  • Fiona Reidy

    Fiona Reidy

    DoB1988-03-12 Birthplace Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb) PositionProp

    Reidy made her Irish debut against England at The Stoop in November 2015.

    The PR professional plays her club rugby with UL Bohemians and provincially with Munster.

    She has also spent time working in the middle-east.

    @FiReidy
    Fiona Reidy
  • Marie Louise Reilly

    Marie Louise Reilly

    DoB1980-04-01 BirthplaceMeath Height1.94 m (6' 4") Weight82 kg (12 st 12 lb) PositionSecond Row

    “Maz” Reilly has been playing in the second-row for her country for several years.
    She has won the Six Nations in 2013 (Grand Slam) and 2015.

    Maz also played in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup in France, when Ireland finished in 4th place.
    By day, Maz works with Dublin City Council.

    She was born in Leeds, but moved to Moynalvey in County Meath (also where Ireland men’s second-row Devin Toner hails from).

    @MazzieReilly

    Marie Louise Reilly
  • Jackie Shiels

    Jackie Shiels

    DoB1985-01-01 Birthplace Height1.57 m (5' 2") Weight69 kg (10 st 12 lb) PositionFull Back / Centre

    Shiels, who can play in a number of positions across the backline, as well as place-kick has been involved with the Ireland squad for a number of years. In 2014 she was part of the World Cup squad and in 2015 she won a Six Nations medal.

    Jackie is captain of her club in London, Richmond, who won the English Premiership in 2016.

    She previously played GAA with Meath and is a maths and economics teacher.

    @Jackie_Shiels

    Jackie Shiels
  • Sophie Spence

    Sophie Spence

    DoB1987-02-26 BirthplaceSouth Shiels, UK Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb) Position

    Spence was nominated for World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year in 2015 following on from Ireland second Six Nations title win earlier that year.

    Previously she had played with Ireland in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup and also won a Six Nations medal in 2013 when Ireland won the Grand Slam.

    Sophie is happy to play in second-row or in the back row and is an important ball-carrier for her country.

    She was born in South Shiels in England, but her family come from Belfast and she made the decision to move across the water in order to pursue playing for Ireland. She currently works with DCU on rugby development, as well as coaching several age-grade sides.

    @spence_87 
    Sophie Spence
  • Nora Stapleton

    Nora Stapleton

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

    Donegal-woman Stapleton gives a lot of experience to the Ireland squad.

    She won the Grand Slam in 2013 and picked up her second Six Nations medal in 2015. Nora also wore the number 10 jersey when Ireland defeated the All Blacks at the 2014 World Cup.

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

    Nora works as Women’s Rugby Development Executive with the IRFU and has played a key role in promoting the women’s game in Ireland.

    Before taking up rugby, Nora played GAA with Donegal and won the All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship with them in 2010.

    @NoraStapleton

    Nora Stapleton
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