The IRFU have today announced the dates, time and venues for the 2015/16 IRFU Women’s Interprovincial Championship. In the opening round on Saturday, August 22, defending champions Munster travel to face Connacht at the Sportsground, while Ulster will host Leinster, last year’s runners-up, at Portadown RFC.
Irish Women’s rugby has gone from strength to strength in recent years. With the introduction of the Women’s national team into the IRFU High Performance department, their success in the 2015 Six Nations and players looking to impress ahead of the mouth-watering Women’s Rugby World Cup on Irish soil in 2017, the stakes have never been higher in the Women’s game.
Nora Stapleton, IRFU Women and Girls Development Executive, said: “Last year saw Munster defend their Interprovincial title with a clean sweep of wins over the other three provinces. As the standard of our national team increases so too does the standard of the interprovincial matches.
“All provinces now feature numerous international players as well as up-and-coming talent looking to push on to the Ireland squad as we build towards the 2017 World Cup which will be held in Dublin and Belfast. Everyone interested in rugby should get behind these games which deliver entertainment, passion and skill.”
2015/16 IRFU WOMEN’S INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES:
Ulster v Leinster, Portadown RFC, Saturday, August 22, 3pm
Connacht v Munster, The Sportsground, Saturday, August 22, 3pm
Munster v Ulster, Thomond Park, Saturday, August 29, 2.30pm
Leinster v Connacht, Donnybrook, Saturday, August 29, 2.30pm
Munster v Leinster, Thomond Park, Saturday, September 5, 2.30pm
Ulster v Connacht, Portadown RFC, Saturday, September 5, 3pm