4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
Team captain John Fogarty has been passed fit to be included in the Connacht squad for tomorrow night's Challenge Cup opener against NEC Harlequins.
The Ireland 'A' hooker is one of 12 forwards to have been named in Michael Bradley's initial squad for the Pool 4 clash (The Sportsground, kick-off 7pm). The game is an all-ticket affair.
Fogarty has recovered from the shoulder injury which forced him to miss last Friday's 16-9 Magners League win over the Dragons in Galway. The squad is otherwise unchanged, with the finalised team and replacements due to be named at noon today.
Tomorrow night will be an extra special occasion for former Ireland winger Matt Mostyn who will be making his 100th appearance in a Connacht jersey.
The 32-year-old, who was born in Australia, is set to become the fourth player to hit the landmark for the province, following in the footsteps of current assistant coach Eric Elwood, Darren Yapp, who is still an active member of the squad, and current video analyst and Under-20 coach Dan McFarland.
Players not considered for selection for tomorrow, due to injury, include: Stephen Knoop (back), Matt Lacey (shoulder), Ronan Loughney (knee), David McGowan (hamstring), Joe Merrigan (foot) and Michael Diffley (ankle).
CONNACHT SQUAD (v NEC Harlequins): Andrew Farley, Adrian Flavin, John Fogarty (capt), David Gannon, Ray Hogan, Chris Keane, Keith Matthews, Mark McHugh, Matt Mostyn, John Muldoon, Brendan O'Connor, Ray Ofisa, Colm Rigney, Daniel Riordan, Ted Robinson, Brett Sturgess, Michael Swift, Tom Tierney, Paul Warwick, Brett Wilkinson, Gavin Williams, Darren Yapp.