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Moloney and Naoupu miss out on Ireland Six Nations squad

There are a total of nine uncapped players included in the squad.



Moloney and Naoupu miss out on...
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Moloney and Naoupu miss out on Ireland Six Nations squad

Ireland head coach Greg McWilliams has named a 38-strong squad for this year's TikTok Women's Six Nations. 

A number of established figures have missed out on inclusion, including Cliodhna Moloney and Sene Naoupu.

Leah Lyons and Anna Caplice are other notable omissions.

There are a total of nine uncapped players included by McWilliams, with Ireland set to open their campaign against Wales on March 26th.

“I am really pleased with the balance of the squad, there is great youth and experience and I have been impressed by the form of these players in recent weeks," the head coach said.

“We have selected players that have the ability to go for long periods of high-intensity ball in play and have a positive impact on the game.

"Like every selection, there is some talent missing out, and I will be keeping an eye on these and other players as we look to increase competition within the wider playing pool.

“There is great talent within the group and this is a great opportunity for us to develop its foundations and learn about what’s needed to compete at the highest level going forward.

“For now, we are just excited to start, to put the head down and work hard. We are relishing the prospect of running out in front of our home supporters at The RDS for the first game of the Championship.”

The squad for the upcoming tournament has been named on the same day as Anthony Eddy confirmed his departure as the IRFU's Director of Sevens and Women's Rugby.

He came under fire after comments about the World Cup campaign last year, when Ireland failed to qualify for the tournament.

Cliodhna Moloney was one of those to criticise his remarks at the time, describing them as 'slurry'.

Ireland Six Nations squad

Forwards (20)

Amanda McQuade (Railway Union RFC/Ulster)*
Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)(2)
Linda Djougang (ASM Romagnat Rugby/Leinster)(17)
Christy Haney (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)*
Claire Boles (Railway Union RFC/Ulster)(3)
Emma Hooban (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)(8)
Neve Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury/Ulster)(6)
Nichola Fryday (Exeter Chiefs/Connacht)(22)
Sam Monaghan (Wasps/IQ Rugby)(5)
Aoife McDermott (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)(18)
Anna McGann (Railway Union RFC/Ulster)*
Grace Moore (Railway Union RFC/IQ Rugby)(1)
Dorothy Wall (Blackrock College RFC/Munster)(10)
Aoife Wafer (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)*
Brittany Hogan (Old Belvedere RFC/Ulster)(7)
Emma Murphy (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)*
Edel McMahon (Wasps/IQ Rugby)(14)
Maeve Óg O’Leary (Blackrock College RFC/Munster)(1)
Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)(7)

Backs (18)

Aoibheann Reilly (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht)*
Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere RFC/Ulster)(18)
Ailsa Hughes (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)(13)
Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)(16)
Nikki Caughey (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)(13)
Enya Breen (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)(9)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)(7)
Michelle Claffey (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)(12)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)(6)
Lucy Mulhall (Wicklow RFC/Leinster)(1)
Beibhinn Parsons (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht)(15)
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union RFC/Munster)(6)
Aoife Doyle (Railway Union RFC/Munster)(7)
Natasja Behan (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)*
Lauren Delany (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby)(18)
Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)(23)
Molly Scuffil-McCabe (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)*
Vicky Irwin (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby)*

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