Their preparation was greatly helped by a training match played against a combined provinces team last Saturday - The provinces team was made up of a few experienced ex-internationals and also some young up and coming players and proved a good test for the Irish team in what was a highly competitive and hard fought game. Whilst the Irish team won the game 32-0 it was very heartening to see the strength and depth currently in women's rugby in Ireland.
Preparation continues over the next two weekends, but alas, without UL Bohemians number 8, Joy Neville, who has suffered a knee ligament injury and may possibly be unavailable for the first two internationals. We wish her a speedy recovery.
Six Nation's Squad 2008
Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians), Marie Barrett (Highfield), Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians) Laura Guest (UL Bohemians), Jess Limbert (Cooke), Yvonne Nolan (Blackrock), Germaine Healy (Blackrock), Caroline Mahon (UL Bohemians), Kate O'Loughlin (Clonmel) Louise Austin (Blackrock), Orla Brennan (Blackrock), Joy Neville (UL Bohemians), Sinead Ryan (Blackrock)
Sarahjane Belton (UL Bohemians (Captain) ), Louise Beamish (UL Bohemians), Tania Rosser (Blackrock), Niamh Briggs (Clonmel), Jo O'Sullivan (Richmond), Patrique Kelly (UL Bohemians), Shannon Houston (Blackrock), Grace Davitt (Blackrock), Helen Brosnan (Highfield), Lynne Cantwell (UL Bohemians), Amy Davis (Cooke) Linda O'Hara (Blackrock), Jackie Shiels (Richmond)