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Irish women set for Six Nations Aviva bow

Updated: Friday, 20 Dec 2013 14:34 | Comments

The reigning Women's Six Nations champions
The reigning Women's Six Nations champions

The IRFU have announced that the first ever women's RBS 6 Nations fixture to be staged at the AVIVA Stadium will take place on 8 March next, with Italy providing the opposition.

The match will be part of an RBS 6 Nations Super Saturday double-header as the men will also be in action against their Italian counterparts . 

As part of the announcement women's coach Phillip Doyle named an extended squad of 33 for the Six Nations, that includes nine uncapped players. He revealed that the selection process was a difficult one.

He said: "Selecting a squad is always hard and this year has to be without doubt the hardest yet. Selection has been based on the players form throughout the AIL matches, including the English premiership matches where a lot of the exiles players are playing their rugby, and the inter-pro series which concluded at the weekend.”
 
"Some new faces have made this year's squad which is always a good sign that the competition and standards are rising still.”
 
"We look forward to working with all the players in the coming weeks in preparation for this year's RBS 6 Nations where, of course, we will be doing our very best to defend our title, at the same time making sure that we also use these very important games to very good use with the World Cup 2014 looming very large in the not so distance future”
 
"Playing in the AVIVA stadium is sure to be one of hopefully many highlights of the year ahead and I know that the team will do their very best to give the AVIVA crowd a great display of rugby.”
 
Ireland open their Six Nations campaign with a home fixture against Scotland on Friday 31 January in Ashbourne RFC. 

Women's squad for 2014 RBS 6 Nations

Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins /Ulster)
Gill Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Lynne Cantwell (Richmond /Exile)
Hannah Casey (Saracens/Exile)*
Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster)
Kerri –Ann Craddock (Saracens/Exile)*
Amy Davis (Blackrock /Ulster)
Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster)
Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary's/Leinster)
Orla Fitzsimmons (St. Mary's/Leinster)*
Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster)
Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster)
Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Ashling Hutchings (UL Bohemians/Munster)*
Jemma Jackson (Queens University/Ulster)*
Stacey-Lea Kennedy (Cooke/Ulster)
Sharon Lynch (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*
Vikkie Mc Ginn (Blackrock /Leinster)*
Alison Miller (Portlaoise RFC/UCC/Connacht)
Sarah Mimnagh (Richmond/Exile)*
Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)
Larissa Muldoon (Bristol/Exile)
Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Heather O' Brien (Highfield/Munster)
Ruth O'Reilly (Galwegians/Connacht)
Geraldine Rae (Highfield/Munster)
Marie –Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Exile)
Juliet Short (Newcastle/Exile)*
Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

* Denotes first cap

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