Cooke and Ulster forward Lauren Day has been forced to withdraw from the Ireland Women’s World Cup squad through injury. Her place in the squad is taken by Laura Guest.
Lauren Day picked up the injury during the warm-up for Ireland’s pre-tournament match against Scotland last weekend.
Day received a knock on her wrist and while at first it was thought to be a sprain, an X-ray showed that she had in fact fractured a bone.
It is a bitter blow for the talented forward who has worked hard in the last two seasons to gain a place in the Irish Women’s squad.
Her place in the panel has been taken by Highfield and Munster prop Laura Guest.
Guest is a secondary school teacher who attended Sacred Heart Clonakilty and University of Limerick. She has been capped nine times for Ireland.
IRELAND SQUAD – WOMEN’S RUGBY WORLD CUP (August 20-September 5):
Backs (12) –
Louise Beamish (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Niamh Briggs (Clonmel/Munster)
Helen Brosnan (Highfield/Munster)
Lynne Cantwell (UL Bohemians)
Amy Davis (Blackrock/Leinster)
Eliza Downey (Cooke/Ulster)
Shannon Houston (Blackrock/Leinster)
Mairead Kelly (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Joanne O’Sullivan (Richmond/Exile)
Tania Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster)
Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Leinster)
Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Forwards (14) –
Louise Austin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Orla Brennan (Blackrock/Leinster)
Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster) (capt)
Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster)
Chris Fanning (Highfield/Munster)
Caroline Mahon (UL Bohemians/Leinster)
Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)
Joy Neville (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Yvonne Nolan (Blackrock/Leinster)
Kate O’Loughlin (Clonmel/Munster)
Marie Louise Reilly (Navan/Leinster)
Sinead Ryan (Blackrock/Leinster)
Carol Staunton (Galwegians/Connacht)
Ireland Women’s Rugby World Cup Fixtures:
England v Ireland, Surrey, Friday, August 20, 6.30pm
USA v Ireland, Surrey, Tuesday, August 24, 4.30pm
Ireland v Kazakhstan, Surrey, Saturday, August 28, 4.30pm
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