Irish women include 12 uncapped players in Six Nations squad

Irish women include 12 uncapped players in Six Nations squad
Niamh Briggs

The Irish women’s rugby team management have named 12 uncapped players in their squad for the Women’s Six Nations.

Former Ireland scrumhalf and new head coach Tom Tierney will get the chance to run the rule over his new charges in a warm-up game against Wales on Sunday.

Director of Sevens and Women's Rugby, Anthony Eddy said: "It's a very exciting time for Women's Rugby in Ireland. We have had a number of camps over the past few weeks and have had to make some tough choices reducing the squad to 30 players.”

"It's a new dawn for the women's team with a new coaching set-up, including Head Coach, Tom Tierney and 12 uncapped players named in the squad. That we can bring in this new talent is testament to the work done previously.”

The 2013 Grand Slam champions and 2014 World Cup semi-finalists kick-off their challenge at the Stadio Mario Lodigiani as they face Italy on February 6.

Home games in Ashbourne against France and England follow, and Ireland will close out the tournament away to Wales and Scotland - similar to their male counterparts.

Ireland Women's RBS 6 Nations 2015 Squad:

Gillian Bourke (Olympico de Pozzuol/ Selección de Madrid), Niamh Briggs (UL Bohs/Munster), Kerrie-Ann Craddock (Saracens/Exile), Nicole Cronin (Shannon RFC/ Munster)*, Jeamie Deacon (Blackrock/Leinster)*, Emma Dunne (Old Belvedere /Leinster)*, Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere /Leinster), Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock/Sevens)*, Paula Fitzpatrick (St Marys/Leinster), Orla Fitzsimons (St Marys/Leinster), Fiona Hayes (UL Bohs/Munster), Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht), Sarah Mimnagh (Wasps/Exile)*, Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht), Larissa Muldoon (Skewen RFC), Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Sene Naoupu (Galwegians/Sevens)*, Katie Norris (Blackrock/Leinster)*, Heather O'Brien (Highfield/Munster), Fiona O'Brien (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*, Elise O'Byrne-White (Old Belvedere/Leinster)*, Ruth O'Reilly (Galwegians/Connacht), Marie-Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Tania Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster), Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Exile), Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Sevens) *, Megan Williams (St Marys/Exile) *, Jade Wong (Richmond/Exiles) *

* Denotes uncapped player at this level

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