Edel Thornton will take over the captaincy of the Ireland women's team.

The Singleton Supervalu Brunell player described it as an honour to take on the role.

Thornton previously acted as co-captain for the FIBA EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers, alongside Gráinne Dwyer.

She will lead the side for the first time on Saturday when Ireland take on Estonia at the National Basketball Arena in the first game of their two-game Gotham Drywall Series.

Ireland also face Estonia on Sunday, before travelling to Matosinhos to take on Portugal on 13 and 14 August.

Thornton said: "I’m delighted, it’s obviously really nice and it’s an honour for me to be captain of my country and captain of a such a good team of girls. I am really looking forward to it and to being a leader for the Irish team."

There are eight potential international debutants in the 15-woman Ireland squad for the four games against Estonia and Portugal, and the 25-year-old outlined her captaincy style among a young group.

"I just want to be very positive," Thornton added. "It will be a hard road for us, we’re playing against professionals and we’re trying to build the country up to where we want it to be and that’s the mindset we have to have going into it.

"I just want to be really positive and really encouraging, to the younger girls especially, and to the girls who have been here for a long time."

Ireland squad: Áine O’Connor (Liffey Celtics), Bridget Herlihy (Marbo Basket Sweden)* Bronagh Power-Cassidy (Holy Cross Crusaders)* Kara McCleane (NUIG Mystics)* Claire Melia (Trinity Meteors), Dayna Finn (Trinity Meteors), Edel Thornton (Singleton SuperValu Brunell), Enya Maguire (Houston Baptist University)*, Ella O’Donnell (Quinnipiac)* Kate Hickey (Waterford Wildcats)*, Maeve Phelan (DCU Mercy)*, Mia Furlong (The Address UCC Glanmire)*, Michelle Clarke (Killester), Rachel Huijsdens (DCU Mercy), Sarah Kenny (Trinity Meteors)

* Denotes not yet capped at senior level