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Women’s Interprovincial Series Preparations

Women’s Interprovincial Series Preparations

The start of the Women’s Interprovincial Series is now just over two weeks away with the four provinces kicking off the first of five games on Saturday August 17th.

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The addition of a semi-final and finals round adds a fresh element to this season’s competition, one that Munster Head Coach Laura Guest is relishing.

“We’ve three fixtures and then we’ll play two provinces twice,” she said in the above video.

“It brings something different, something never seen in our lifetime as players and coaches.

For me, it’s trusting my physio and my S&C – what they say on player load and player management is important. Then it’s about building performances throughout five games – it sounds easy on paper.”

Guest says she received a huge amount of positive feedback when Munster Rugby announced an all-female coaching and management team in June. Naturally, Munster’s Head Coach took a different view.

“For me it’s not news. We have five females but for me, we have people at the top of their game.

It’s about the quality of the people. It’s not about our gender but it is a lovely side story that we happen to be all female.”

All four provinces are ramping up preparations for the start of the series. Ulster hosted Connacht in a warm-up game at Clogher Valley RFC on July 28th while the Ulster U18 Women’s squad has been announced.

Leinster’s preparations included a session with the Defence Forces at the Curragh Camp.


Round 1, Saturday 17th August

Leinster U18 Women v Connacht U18 Women, MU Barnhall RFC, 14:00
Leinster Rugby v Connacht Rugby, Energia Park, 17:00

Munster U18 Women v Ulster U18 Women, Irish Independent Park, 13:00
Munster Rugby v Ulster Rugby, Irish Independent Park, 15:00

Round 2, Saturday 24th August

Connacht U18 Women v Munster U18 Women, Sportsground, 13:00
Connacht Rugby v Munster Rugby, Sportsground, 15:00

Ulster U18 Women v Leinster U18 Women, City Of Armagh RFC, 15:00
Ulster Rugby v Leinster Rugby, City Of Armagh RFC, 19:00

Round 3, Saturday 31st August

Ulster U18 Women v Connacht U18 Women, Queen’s Sport Upper Malone, 13:00
Ulster Rugby v Connacht Rugby, Queen’s Sport Upper Malone, 15:00

Munster U18 Women v Leinster U18 Women, Irish Independent Park, 13:00
Munster Rugby v Leinster Rugby, Irish Independent Park, 15:00

Semi-Finals, Saturday 14th September

Finals, Saturday 21st September