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  • Ashleigh Baxter

    Ashleigh Baxter

    DoB1991-12-21 BirthplaceBelfast Height1.64 m (5' 5") Weight62 kg (9 st 10 lb) Position

    Ashleigh has quickly risen through the ranks of Irish Women's rugby since playing Tag rugby as a youngster and joining Belfast Harlequins aged 18.

    A graduate of aerospace engineering at Queen's University, she impressed in her first season with Ulster and Ireland in 2012 and featured on the right wing during the 2013 Grand Slam run. Ashleigh also played in the Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens last year.

    The youngest member of the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup squad at 22, she has been tasked with looking after team mascot 'Seamus' during Ireland's campaign in France.

    Ashleigh Baxter
  • Anna Caplice

    Anna Caplice

    DoB1989-03-13 BirthplaceMallow, Co.Cork Height1.68 m (5' 6") Weight73 kg (11 st 7 lb) PositionBack Row

    Anna Caplice
  • Eimear Considine

    Eimear Considine

    DoB1991-05-08 BirthplaceKilmihill Height1.74 m (5' 9") Weight70 kg (11 st 0 lb) PositionWing

    Eimear hails from Clare, where she represented her county in football and camogie for a number of years before taking up the sport of Sevens.

    Eimear studied PE and Irish teaching in the University of Limerick and teaches both subjects in Dublin.

    Twitter: @eimearconsidine

    Eimear Considine
  • 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.

    Ciara Cooney
  • Mairead Coyne

    Mairead Coyne

    DoB1988-10-12 BirthplaceGalway 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
  • Nicole Cronin

    Nicole Cronin

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

    Nicole is from Limerick and has lined out for Shannon and Munster. She is also related to Leinster and Ireland hooker Sean Cronin.

    Nicole also lined out for the Republic of Ireland at U17s soccer.

    Nicole Cronin
  • Jeamie Deacon

    Jeamie Deacon

    DoB1987-06-25 Birthplace Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight77 kg (12 st 1 lb) Position

    Jeamie Deacon
  • Ailis Egan

    Ailis Egan

    DoB1984-04-02 BirthplaceBath, Somerset 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.


    Ailis Egan
  • Katie Fitzhenry

    Katie Fitzhenry

    DoB1989-04-23 BirthplaceWexford Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight69 kg (10 st 12 lb) PositionHooker

    Katie has played with Ireland at in both Sevens and the 15-a-side game, having first picked up a rugby ball in secondary school. Katie was one of the founding members of the women’s team in Wexford Wanderers and now plays her club rugby with Blackrock College RFC in Dublin.


    Katie Fitzhenry
  • 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 Fitzpatrick
  • Louise Galvin

    Louise Galvin

    DoB1987-04-03 BirthplaceFinuge, Co.Kerry Height1.72 m (5' 8") Weight67 kg (10 st 7 lb) PositionCentre

    Louise has excelled across a range of sports, having captained UL Huskies to multiple titles in basketball, she also captained Ireland at underage level.

    Louise has also played GAA football for her home county of Kerry, winning the Munster Championship and National League as well as representing Munster at interprovincial level. Louise is a qualified physiotherapist.


    Louise Galvin
  • 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
  • Leah Lyons

    Leah Lyons

    DoB1994-11-27 BirthplaceCork Height1.76 m (5' 9") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionProp

    Leah Lyons
  • 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 McLaughlin
  • Alison Miller

    Alison Miller

    DoB1984-10-30 BirthplacePortlaoise,Co.Laois Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight67 kg (10 st 7 lb) PositionWing

    Alison Miller
  • Claire Molloy

    Claire Molloy

    DoB1988-06-22 BirthplaceGalway 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 Molloy
  • Cliodhna Moloney

    Cliodhna Moloney

    DoB1993-05-31 BirthplaceGalway 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.

    Cliodhna Moloney
  • Larissa Muldoon

    Larissa Muldoon

    DoB1991-03-11 BirthplaceDonegal 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.

    Larissa Muldoon
  • Jenny Murphy

    Jenny Murphy

    DoB1989-05-30 BirthplaceKildare Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb) PositionCentre

    Jenny Murphy
  • Sene Naoupu

    Sene Naoupu

    DoB1984-02-02 BirthplaceWellington 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 Health and Fitness Professional.

    In 2016 she was named the Guinness Rugby Writers Women's Player of the Year and the IRUPA Women's Player of the Year.

    Sene is one of a number of players in the Ireland Women's programme who has represented Ireland in both 7s and 15s. 

    Sene Naoupu
  • 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.

    Heather O'Brien
  • Ciara O'Connor

    Ciara O'Connor

    DoB1988-12-16 BirthplaceCo.Kerry 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.

    Ruth O'Reilly
  • Lindsay Peat

    Lindsay Peat

    DoB1980-11-05 BirthplaceDublin Height1.73 m (5' 8") Weight83 kg (13 st 1 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
  • Marie Louise Reilly

    Marie Louise Reilly

    DoB1980-04-01 BirthplaceLeeds, Yorkshire 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).


    Marie Louise Reilly
  • Sophie Spence

    Sophie Spence

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

    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.

    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.


    Nora Stapleton
  • Hannah Tyrrell

    Hannah Tyrrell

    DoB1990-08-10 BirthplaceDublin Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight67 kg (10 st 7 lb) PositionWing

    A former Dublin GAA footballer and All-Ireland winner, Hannah won four caps for the Ireland Women's XVs in 2015 as part of the Women's RBS 6 Nations championship winning squad.

    She plays club rugby for Old Belvedere and is a student in UCD.

    Hannah Tyrrell
  • Ilse van Staden

    Ilse van Staden

    DoB1983-03-25 BirthplaceSouth Africa Height1.74 m (5' 9") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) PositionProp

    Ilse van Staden
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