Twelve players have been named in the Ireland Under 18 Women’s Sevens squad to compete at the U-18 Women’s Home Nations Sevens tournament this weekend in Swansea.
Coached by Ben Martin and Women’s Sevens international Katie Fitzhenry, they will play against Wales, Scotland and England. This is the tournament’s second year, with Ireland coming out on top last summer when Connacht duo Beibhinn Parsons and Grace Browne Moran both competed.
This is the second competition for the Ireland U-18 Women’s Sevens squad this season and forms part of the Women’s Sevens Development pathway for this group.
They competed in the Paris World Games last month where they finished as runners-up. Ivana Kiripati, Amanda McQuade, Marlise Flynn and Chisom Ugwueru will make their first appearances.
This weekend forms part of the Ireland team’s preparations for the Rugby Europe U-18 Women’s Sevens Championship in Jarocin, Poland which takes place August 31 and September 1. They have been drawn in Pool C with Scotland, Latvia and Georgia.
IRELAND UNDER-18 WOMEN’S SEVENS Squad (2019 Home Nations Tournament, Swansea University, Wales. Saturday, August 17-Sunday, August 18):
Grace Browne Moran (Westport/Connacht)
Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe/Connacht)
Ava Ryder (Westport/Connacht)
Ivana Kiripati (Buccaneers/Connacht)
Kate Farrell McCabe (Gorey/Leinster)
Caoimhe O’Callaghan (Dundalk/Leinster)
Amanda McQuade (Virginia/Ulster)
Mya Alcorn (Letterkenny/Ulster)
Lucy Turkington (Dungannon/Ulster)
Méabh McElligott (Listowel/Munster)
Marlise Flynn (Carrick-on-Suir/Munster)
Chisom Ugwueru (Ennis/Munster)
Ireland U-18 Sevens Management –
Head Coach: Ben Martin
Assistant Coach: Katie Fitzhenry
Manager: Elaine Ryan
2019 Home Nations Tournament – Ireland Fixtures:
Saturday, August 17:
Ireland v Scotland, Swansea University, 10.20am
Ireland v England, Swansea University, 12.50pm
Ireland v Wales, Swansea University, 3.30pm
Sunday, August 18:
1st v 4th, Swansea University, 9.30am
3rd v 2nd, Swansea University, 9.50am
LG1 v LG2, Swansea University, 11.30am
WG1 v WG2, Swansea University, 11.50am