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Ireland Squad for Autumn Internationals 2021

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Adam Griggs has announced the names of 33 players to represent Ireland for their two tests against the USA and Japan.

Ciara Griffin (captain, UL Bohemians, Munster)
Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere, Ulster)
Ailsa Hughes (Railway Union, Leinster)
Stacey Flood (Railway Union, Leinster)
Enya Breen (UL Bohemians, Munster)
Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere, Leinster)
Eve Higgins (Railway Union, Leinster)
Shannon Touhey (Galwegians, Connacht)
Alana McInerney (UL Bohemians, Munster)
Eimear Considine (UL Bohemians, Munster)
Aoife Doyle (Railway Union, Munster)
Laura Sheehan (Exeter Chiefs, IQ Rugby)
Lauren Delany (Sale Sharks, IQ Rugby)
Ella Roberts (Wicklow, Leinster)
Beibhinn Parsons (Blackrock College, Connacht)
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union, Munster)
Lindsay Peat (Railway Union, Leinster)
Laura Feely (Blackrock College, Connacht)
Katie O’Dwyer (Railway Union, Leinster)
Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemians, Munster)
Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere, Leinster)
Leah Lyons (Sale Sharks, IQ Rugby)
Mary Healy (Suttonians, Leinster)
Neve Jones (Malone, Ulster)
Cliodhna Moloney (Wasps, IQ Rugby)
Nichola Fryday (Blackrock College, Connacht)
Aoife McDermott (Railway Union, Leinster)
Sam Monaghan (Wasps, IQ Rugby)
Grace Browne Moran (Galwegians, Connacht)
Anna Caplice (Gloucester-Hartpury, IQ Rugby)
Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College, Leinster)
Edel McMahon (Wasps, IQ Rugby)
Maeve Og O’Leary (Blackrock College, Munster) *

* Uncapped

In a total of 33 there are 15 backs and 18 forwards.

Ireland are in the unenviable position of being the only home nation without a chance of going to New Zealand next September. But the show must go on. Players will want to impress a new management team due to take over after this series, as well as doing their nation, their family and friends and themselves proud.

Success and failure are very close bedfellows.

The IRFU has just announced names for Ireland’s male Under-19, Under-18 Clubs and Under-18 Schools squads. There are no parallel lists for women and girls. Is that not a cause of the nation’s recent misfortune?