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    Womens RWC2014

    For those who have an interest in womens rugby, or who happen to be in/around paris at the start of August...
    The Womens rugby world cup begins August 1st at the French national centre for rugby (CNR), and the tournament finishes August 17th.

    Ireland squad was announced yesterday. this Tournament could be last for a number of the women who won the grand slam last year. Lynne Cantwell has officially announced her retirement after the tournament, and from what I've heard there's at least 2 others likely to retire after the tournament as well. The Irish womens coach announced today that he would be stepping down after the tournament as well.

    The tournament format is pretty much identical to the u20's except for being every 4 years. Tickets are apparently selling rapidly - http://www.ticketmaster.fr/en/liste/...idtier/1493223
    the pool games all take place at CNR in Marcoussis, and they've announced a shuttle bus service from one of the local train stations to the venue for ticket holders. the top 4 teams after the pools will play their semi's & finals at Stade Jean Bouin while the others play ranking play-offs at CNR.

    IRELAND WOMEN'S Squad (2014 IRB Women's Rugby World Cup, France, August 1-17):

    Backs (13) -

    Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
    Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster)
    Lynne Cantwell (Richmond/Exile)
    Hannah Casey (Saracens/Exiles)
    Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster)
    Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
    Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians/Munster)
    Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht)
    Larissa Muldoon (Bristol/Ulster)
    Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
    Tania Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster)
    Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
    Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Exile)

    Forwards (13) -

    Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster)
    Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster) (capt)
    Kerrie-Ann Craddock (Saracens/Exiles)
    Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
    Orla Fitzsimons (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
    Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster)
    Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster)
    Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster)

    Sharon Lynch (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
    Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)
    Heather O'Brien (Highfield/Munster)
    Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
    Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
    Plato: \"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.\"

    #2
    Usually, the Munster Women's team hammers the others provinces.... Why isn't their a bigger Munster core group??

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      #3
      Originally posted by blaa-head View Post
      Usually, the Munster Women's team hammers the others provinces.... Why isn't their a bigger Munster core group??
      If I was to guess, maybe they couldn't get the time off work to go to France?
      "If we hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards - checkmate!" Zapp Brannigan

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        #4
        Munster lost the ladies inter-pro last season, and they've always had a smaller representation in the national squad than you'd expect from their results. Part of it is the fact the exiles don't compete in the inter-pro's but still contribute a number of players through performances of players who were in the provinces before moving to UK & continuing to play in the english womens league. Also there's players in Ulster & connacht squad who are very definitely national level even though the rest of their provincial teammates may not be.
        What's been even funnier in past years was that UL bohs had so few representatives in the national & provincial squads despite their utter dominance in the club league, their dominance has waned in the past 2 seasons though as they did have a number of key players in the national squad who picked up long term injuries on international duty. The womens club game has gotten a lot more competitive in the past few seasons which has deepened the pool of players for national selection, though the 7s squad has taken most of the new arrivals.
        Plato: \"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.\"

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          #5
          They play Wales in Malahide Sunday Fortnight. Is that the only warm up?

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            #6
            Originally posted by ormond lad View Post
            They play Wales in Malahide Sunday Fortnight. Is that the only warm up?
            that's the only one in Ireland, they're playing Spain in Vallodolid as well this saturday.
            Plato: \"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.\"

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              #7
              These matches are very interesting.

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                #8
                The women won the game against Spain, but definitely still have work to do as some parts of the performance were rather scrappy. They also picked up 2 sin binnings in the second half, though one was litterally in the last minute of the game.
                It was a non-cap game for ireland as there was more than usual number of subs in use.
                Plato: \"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.\"

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                  #9
                  A quick reminder that the women have their last pre-RWC warm-up this Sunday, 3pm at Malahide RFC against Wales.
                  Plato: \"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.\"

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                    #10
                    I can't see anything on IT, Indo or Examiner about the game yesterday. There is a report on the Irish Rugby site. Harpin' on Rugby put up some photos and I wrote a short piece http://westterraceview.wordpress.com...7/20/malahide/ about my trip to the north side....
                    www.WestTerraceView.wordpress.com

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                      #11
                      Anybody watching the game on tg4?
                      Only have seen last 5-10 minutes
                      They're beating US 20-17 with 25 minutes to go.

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                        #12
                        Yep, have it on here at work. Yanks are tough. The cailíní will need to up the ante v NZ.
                        "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too ?" - Douglas Adams

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                          #13
                          The well-organised Maul in the Women's game is a thing of even greater beauty than in the men's game, if I could be forgiven a bit of sexism.

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                            #14
                            23-17 77 mins gone

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                              #15
                              Line-out to Ireland on the USA 25. They put a Drop-out into touch. Time is up. All they need to do is gather it and wellie it ....and that's exactly what they do.

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