The Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship kicks off with an exciting double-header on Saturday, as Irish Rugby’s most exciting talent prepare to go head-to-head in provincial colours at the start of a busy 2023.
Ireland head coach Greg McWilliams will be keeping a close eye on proceedings over the course of the next three weekends of Interprovincial action.
The inaugural Women’s Celtic Cup competition follows later in January and February, and then the eagerly-awaited TikTok Women’s Six Nations gets underway in March and builds towards a climax in late April.
Defending Women’s Interprovincial champions Munster open their campaign against Ulster at Musgrave Park on Saturday evening (kick-off 4.45pm), with head coach Niamh Briggs including a host of Ireland internationals in her 34-player squad.
Earlier on Saturday, Tania Rosser’s Leinster host Connacht at Energia Park in the 2022/23 Championship opener (kick-off 2.30pm). Ireland internationals Christy Haney and Hannah O’Connor have been named as Leinster’s co-captains for this season.
Connacht head coach Lyndon Jones has selected an extended 37-player squad for the Interprovincials, which includes Ireland Under-18 starlet Éabha Nic Dhonnacha.
Both matches will be broadcast live on TG4, while Munster’s clash with Ulster will also be available to watch live on the BBC iPlayer. Team news will be released by each of the provinces on Friday, ahead of the weekend’s round 1 action.
VODAFONE WOMEN’S INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES:
Saturday, January 7
- Leinster v Connacht, Energia Park, 2.30pm (live TG4) – Buy Tickets Here
- Munster v Ulster, Musgrave Park, 4.45pm (live TG4/BBC iPlayer) – Buy Tickets Here
Saturday, January 14
- Munster v Leinster, Musgrave Park, 12.15pm (live TG4) – Buy Tickets Here
- Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium, 2.30pm (live BBC iPlayer/TG4 Player) – Buy Tickets Here
Saturday, January 21