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  • Leah Barbour

    Leah Barbour

    DoB1990-09-20 BirthplaceWexford Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight () PositionProp

    Represented the Leinster Development squad in 2011 and went on to join the Munster Senior side at the start of the 2012/13 season.

    Leah Barbour
  • Gillian Bourke

    Gillian Bourke

    DoB1984-10-28 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.64 m (5' 5") Weight () PositionHooker/Prop

    Started playing with Munster in 2008 and before that lined out for Connacht from 2004 to 2007.

    Has been capped for Ireland 31 times, featuring in the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2010. 

    Bourke is also the video analyst for the Munster U19s.

    Gillian Bourke
  • Clara Bracken

    Clara Bracken

    DoB1973-09-29 BirthplaceLongford Height1.62 m (5' 4") Weight () PositionScrumhalf

    Clara joined the Munster Women's setup in 2005/2006 and is part of the team that won five Interpro titles in the last 6 years.

    She started out playing with Waterpark who won the AIL Div II League in 2007 and also played with Clonmel for two years before transferring to Highfield for the 2011/12 season. 
     

    Clara Bracken
  • Niamh Briggs

    Niamh Briggs

    DoB1984-09-30 BirthplaceWaterford Height1.66 m (5' 5") Weight () PositionFullback/Centre

    First capped for Munster in 2006 and went on to play a key role in Munster's winning Interpro sides that claimed the title in '07, '08, '09, '10 and '12.

    Has been capped for her country 26 times and looks set to hit the 30 Irish caps mark during the 2013 Six Nations.

    Started playing club rugby with Dungarvan RFC, before making the move to senior rugby with Clonmel and now plays for UL Bohemians.

    Also played football for Waterford.

    Niamh Briggs
  • Orlaith Buckley

    Orlaith Buckley

    DoB1982-08-04 BirthplaceCork Height1.76 m (5' 9") Weight () PositionSecond Row/Flanker

    Three Interprovincial titles with the Munster Senior Squad.

    Orlaith Buckley
  • Kathryn Buggy

    Kathryn Buggy

    DoB1987-09-01 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.58 m (5' 2") Weight () PositionProp

    Started playing rugby in 2009 with Shannon and made her Munster debut in the 2012/13 Interpro campaign.

    Kathryn Buggy
  • Brigid Cahill

    Brigid Cahill

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    Brigid Cahill
  • Anna Caplice

    Anna Caplice

    DoB1989-09-13 BirthplaceCork Height () Weight () PositionBack Row

    Anna Caplice
  • Karen Casey

    Karen Casey

    DoB1977-10-20 BirthplaceCork Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight () PositionSecond Row

    Interprovincial winner with Munster for three seasons, 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2012/13.

    Karen Casey
  • Louise Costello

    Louise Costello

    DoB1990-04-08 BirthplaceCork Height1.68 m (5' 6") Weight () PositionScrum Half

    Louise Costello (Beamish) represented Ireland from 2001 to 2010 and is one of the most experienced players with 45 National caps.  She played for her country in three World Cups (02, 06, 10).

    Costello has been involved with Munster and her club UL Bohs since 2001 winning a number of titles over the years.

    Louise Costello
  • Chris Fanning

    Chris Fanning

    DoB1975-12-30 BirthplaceTipperary Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight () PositionHooker

    Represented Ireland on 6 occasions and won 4 Interprovincial titles with Munster.
     

    Chris Fanning
  • Nicole Fitzgerald

    Nicole Fitzgerald

    DoB1988-07-10 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.61 m (5' 3") Weight () PositionOut Half/Scrum Half

    Nicole first represented Munster at Under 21 level in 2004 at the age of 16 and got her first Munster senior cap the following year.

    She has been part of the Munster senior squad since then and won her first Irish Cap against Scotland in the 2006 Women's Six Nations.

    Fitzgerald plays her club rugby in Limerick with UL Bohs with whom she started playing with at the age of 15.

    Nicole Fitzgerald
  • Siobhan Fleming

    Siobhan Fleming

    DoB1981-10-02 BirthplaceKerry Height1.55 m (5' 1") Weight () PositionFlanker

    After taking up rugby in 2007 the Tralee number 7 made her provincial debut in August 2010 and featured throughout Munster’s winning Interprovincial campaign.

    Her rise in rugby continued when she was chosen in that year’s final 25 women international squad for the Six Nations.

    Scooped the Munster Rugby Women's Player of the Year Award in May 2011.

    Siobhan Fleming
  • Ciara Griffin

    Ciara Griffin

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    Ciara Griffin
  • Laura Guest

    Laura Guest

    DoB1985-04-24 BirthplaceCork Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight () PositionBack Row

    Former international front row, the Clonakilty native has switched to the back row in recent years.

    The 27 year old secondary school teacher is a graduate of the University of Limerick. A bit of an all-rounder, Laura also is involved in coaching rugby, swimming, cycling and camogie and is also a keen golfer.

    Guest has represented Munster on 44 occasions (up to December 2012). 

    Laura Guest
  • Fiona Hayes

    Fiona Hayes

    DoB1982-09-13 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.67 m (5' 6") Weight () PositionProp/Backrow

    From Limerick City Fiona has won 6 All Ireland League titles with UL Bohs and has been on two winning Munster Interpro sides.

    Included in her first 6 Nations squad for the 2013 campaign.

    Fiona Hayes
  • Ashling Hutchings

    Ashling Hutchings

    DoB1990-01-07 BirthplaceCork Height1.64 m (5' 5") Weight () PositionWinger

    A member of the Munster Senior team for the last 3 years and has won numerous All-Ireland League and Cup medals with UL Bohs.  

    The speedy winger came up through the ranks after playing with the Munster U18 Girls and plays football for Cork.  She is also a member of the Ireland Women 7s squad.

    Ashling Hutchings
  • Niamh Kavanagh

    Niamh Kavanagh

    DoB BirthplaceOffaly Height () Weight () PositionWinger

    From Offaly, but lining out for UL Bohemians and Munster, Kavanagh made her first appearance for Ireland during the 2011 Six Nations, and proved she was a force to be reckoned with after scoring a try in each of her opening two games against France and Italy.

    She is also a member of the Ireland Women 7s squad.

    Niamh Kavanagh
  • Riona Kennedy

    Riona Kennedy

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    Riona Kennedy
  • Claire Keohane

    Claire Keohane

    DoB1991-05-09 BirthplaceCork Height1.64 m (5' 5") Weight () PositionFullback/Winger

    Claire Keohane
  • Claire Lewis

    Claire Lewis

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    Claire Lewis
  • Kyla Maxwell

    Kyla Maxwell

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    Kyla Maxwell
  • Val Mitchell

    Val Mitchell

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    Val Mitchell
  • Joy Neville

    Joy Neville

    DoB1983-07-24 BirthplaceLimerick Height1.79 m (5' 10") Weight () PositionNumber 8

    Joy is one of the most influential players in the Women's game in Ireland over the past decade.

    As number 8 she has captained both Munster and Ireland, scoring over 50 points for the National side and has earned well over 60 caps for her country.

    Neville is a member of the Ireland Women 7s squad.

    Joy Neville
  • Heather O'Brien

    Heather O'Brien

    DoB1984-07-22 BirthplaceCork Height1.79 m (5' 10") Weight () PositionSecond Row/Back Row

    Heather captainted the Munster side that claimed the 2012/13 Interprovincial title and picked up the Munster Rugby Player of the Year award in 2012.

    Her first involvement with the international side was in the 2012 Six Nations campaign.
     

    Heather O'Brien
  • Mollie O'Donnell

    Mollie O'Donnell

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    Mollie O'Donnell
  • Laura O'Mahony

    Laura O'Mahony

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    Laura O'Mahony
  • Nicola Scully

    Nicola Scully

    DoB BirthplaceWexford Height1.62 m (5' 4") Weight () PositionCentre

    Scully has two Interpro titles with Munster ('09 and '10) and her first cap was against French side, Villelongue in 2009.

    Nicola Scully