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Teams Selected For Celtic Challenge Third Round Ties

Teams Selected For Celtic Challenge Third Round Ties

Tipperary native Dorothy Wall is pictured leading her Clovers team off the Musgrave Park pitch last month ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Head coaches Neill Alcorn and Denis Fogarty have announced their teams for the third round of the Celtic Challenge, as their respective Wolfhounds and Clovers sides look to continue on the winning trail this weekend.

Both Irish teams were victorious last Saturday afternoon, with the Wolfhound running five tries past Edinburgh Rugby at the Hive Stadium, and the Clovers followed up by opening their win account at Energia Park against Brython Thunder.

It is back-to-back trips to Scotland for Alcorn’s Wolfhounds squad this Saturday, as they travel to Scotstoun Stadium to take on Glasgow Warriors (kick off 2.30pm – live on RugbyPass TV).

There are five personnel changes this week with Katie Corrigan and Molly Boyne, who captains the team, both given their Wolfhounds debuts. Corrigan’s Old Belvedere club-mate, Éadaoin Murtagh, also makes her first start at blindside flanker.

Hannah O’Connor, the skipper for the opening two rounds, shifts into the second row where she combines with Ulster’s Keelin Brady. Boyne and Murtagh join Brittany Hogan, one of last week’s try scorers, in a rejigged back row.

Teenager Corrigan, a dual Ireland Under-18 international last season, and Armagh native Niamh Marley will feature on either wing. There are a number of new faces on the bench too, with Christy Haney, Claire Boles, Jade Gaffney, Kelly McCormill, and Ava Ryder all included.

Hoping to finish this first block of matches on a high, Wolfhounds head coach Alcorn said:

We were delighted with another win last weekend against a very strong Edinburgh side and happy with the team performance, but we still have areas we need to keep improving on.

“We had a good training week and made some changes to the squad which creates opportunities for players. We’re excited to get on the road again to take on Glasgow Warriors for another exciting game.”

Meanwhile, at Virgin Media Park (formerly Musgrave Park), the Clovers will be looking to make home advantage count against Welsh table toppers Gwalia Lightning on Sunday (kick-off 1pm – live on RugbyPass TV). Show your support for the Clovers and purchase tickets here for the Cork clash.

Head coach Fogarty has made four changes in personnel, including handing first Clovers starts to the UL Bohemians half-back pairing of Kate Flannery and Abbie Salter-Townshend.

Flannery’s inclusion sees Connacht’s Méabh Deely revert to the full-back, and there is a new centre partnership between Alana McInerney, who moves off the right wing, and Kayla Waldron.

Mayo native Clara Barrett, a try scorer in the opening round against the Wolfhounds, steps up for her first start of this season’s tournament, joining Deely and Clare Gorman in the back-three.

Dorothy Wall returns to the second row as captain, reuniting with Ruth Campbell in the hosts’ engine room, and experienced Ireland international Aoife Doyle is back from injury to take her place on the bench.

Also brought into the replacements this week are Ballincollig’s teenage hooker Aoife Fleming, Jane Clohessy, daughter of former Munster and Ireland prop Peter Clohessy, and Muirne Wall, another Munster regular.

Keen to build on last week’s result, Fogarty commented:

We were delighted to get our first win in the competition last weekend and will be aiming to do the same once again this Sunday in Musgrave Park.

“We’ve had another competitive training week, and competition for places in this squad has been high. Tat is where we want to be. It’s exciting to see all these young players performing each week and earning their places.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Musgrave Park and seeing another good team performance as we take on the challenge of Gwalia Lightning, who are currently sitting top of the table.”

WOLFHOUNDS Team & Replacements (v Glasgow Warriors, Celtic Challenge Round 3, Scotstoun Stadium, Saturday, January 13, kick-off 2.30pm):

15. Ella Durkan (Blackrock College RFC/Ulster)
Katie Corrigan (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
13. Aoife Dalton (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
12. Leah Tarpey (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
11. Niamh Marley (Dungannon RFC/Cooke RFC/Ulster)
10. Dannah O’Brien (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
9. Katie Whelan (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
1. Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
2. Sarah Delaney (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
3. Sophie Barrett (Enniskillen RFC/Railway Union RFC/Ulster)
4. Keelin Brady (Railway Union RFC/Ulster)
5. Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
6. Éadaoin Murtagh (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
7.  Molly Boyne (Railway Union RFC/Leinster) (capt)
8. Brittany Hogan (Old Belvedere RFC/Ulster)


16. Maebh Clenaghan (Queen’s University Belfast RFC/Ulster)
17. Aoife Moore (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
18. Christy Haney (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
19. Claire Boles (Railway Union RFC/Ulster)
20. Jade Gaffney (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
21. Kelly McCormill (Cooke RFC/Ulster)
22. Nikki Caughey (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
23. Ava Ryder (Railway Union RFC/Connacht)

CLOVERS Team & Replacements (v Gwalia Lightning, Celtic Challenge Round 3, Virgin Media Park, Sunday, January 14, kick-off 1pm):

15. Méabh Deely (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht)
14. Clara Barrett (UL Bohemian RFC/Connacht)
13. Alana McInerney (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
12. Kayla Waldron (Railway Union RFC/Connacht)
11. Clare Gorman (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
10. Kate Flannery (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
9.  Abbie Salter-Townshend (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
1. Niamh O’Dowd (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
2. Beth Buttimer (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
3. Sadhbh McGrath (Cooke RFC/Ulster)
4. Ruth Campbell (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
5. Dorothy Wall (Blackrock College RFC/Munster) (capt)
6. Brianna Heylmann (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
7. Ivana Kiripati (Tuam/Oughterard Colts RFC/Connacht)
8. Shannon Touhey (Tullamore RFC/Connacht)


16. Aoife Fleming (Ballincollig RFC/Munster)
17. Róisín Ormond (Ballincollig RFC/Munster)
18. Eilís Cahill (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
19. Faith Oviawe (Railway Union RFC/Connacht)
20. Jane Clohessy  (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
21. Muirne Wall (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
22. Michelle O’Driscoll (Ballincollig RFC/Munster)
23. Aoife Doyle (Railway Union RFC/Munster)

Celtic Challenge Table – After Round 2:

Fixtures and Tickets –

Glasgow Warriors v Wolfhounds       
Saturday, January 13, Scotstoun Stadium, 2.30pm

Clovers v Gwalia Lightning
Sunday, January 14, Musgrave Park, 1pm
(Purchase Tickets Here)

Wolfhounds v Brython Thunder
Saturday, January 27, Kingspan Stadium, 7.30pm

Glasgow Warriors v Clovers   
Saturday, January 27, Scotstoun Stadium, 2pm

Wolfhounds v Gwalia Lightning
Saturday, February 3, Energia Park, 2.30pm
(Purchase Tickets Here)

Edinburgh Rugby v Clovers
Saturday, February 3, Hive Stadium, 12.30pm

Play-Off Rounds:

Saturday, February 17, Scotstoun Stadium
Saturday, February 24, Kingspan Stadium
Sunday, March 3, Parc y Scarlets