Source: Glasgow Warriors

Celtic Challenge Round Two – Preview

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Round One of this important initiative saw plenty of local rivalries, but this second showing is where the story really begins: three international match-ups.

Less experienced players now face the challenge of crossing borders to play.

There are interchanges between some of these sides and PWR clubs. For example Louise McMillan retunrs south, but Mairi McDonald plays for Warriors and Niamh Terry for Brython.

Coaches have precious little time to experiment with their squads; the tournament will finish all too soon, so they are bound to turn out the strongest combinations they can. Hence the many changes.

Fixtures

6 January, Edinburgh Rugby v Wollfhounds, Hive Stadium, Edinburgh, KO 14.00
6 January, Clovers v Brython Thunder, Energia Park, Dublin KO 14.30
7 January, Gwalia Lightning v Glasgow Warriors, Cardiff Arms Park KO 13.30

All games are scheduled to be shown on rugbypass.tv

Here are the six teams, arranged in order of appearance in the three capitals:

Edinburgh Rugby

15 Rachel Philipps, 14 Hannah Walker, 13 Emma Orr, 12 Briar McNamara, 11 Cieron Bell; 10 Sarah Denholm (captain) 9 Jenny Maxwell; 1 Panashe Muzambe, 2 Nicola Haynes, 3 Molly Poolman, 4 Fiona McIntosh, 5 Natasha Logan, 6 Gemma Bell, 7 Alex Stewart, 8 Merryn Gunderson

Bench: 16 M Whitehouse, 17 P Fletcher, 18 K Lindsay, 19 A Ferrie, 20 F Walker, 21 L Brebner-Holden, 22 N Marlow, 23 N Flynn

Wolfhounds

15. Ella Durkan (Ulster), 14. Natasja Behan (Leinster), 13. Aoife Dalton (Leinster), 12. Leah Tarpey (Leinster), 11. Aimee Clarke (Leinster), 10. Dannah O’Brien (Leinster), 9. Katie Whelan (Leinster), 
1. Linda Djougang (Leinster), 2. Sarah Delaney (Leinster), 3. Sophie Barrett (Ulster), 4. Fiona Tuite (Ulster), 5. Eimear Corri (Leinster), 6. Hannah O’Connor (captain, Leinster), 7. Aoife Wafer (Leinster), 8. Brittany Hogan (Ulster)

Bench: 16. Maebh Clenaghan (Ulster), 17. Aoife Moore (Leinster), 18. Hannah Wilson (Leinster), 19. Keelin Brady (Ulster), 20. Éadaoin Murtagh (Leinster), 21. Erin McConnell (Leinster), 22. Nikki Caughey (Leinster), 23.  Niamh Marley (Ulster)

Clovers

15. Aoife Corey (Munster), 14. Alana McInerney (Munster), 13. Michelle O’Driscoll (Munster), 12. Kayla Waldron (Connacht), 11. Clare Gorman (Leinster), 10. Méabh Deely (Connacht), 9. Ailsa Hughes (Leinster), 1. Niamh O’Dowd (Leinster), 2. Beth Buttimer (Munster), 3. Sadhbh McGrath (captain, Ulster), 4. Ruth Campbell (Leinster), 5. Faith Oviawe (Connacht), 6. Brianna Heylmann Munster), 7. Ivana Kiripati (Connacht), 8. Shannon Touhey (Connacht)

Bench: 16. Lily Brady (Connacht), 17. Róisín Ormond (Munster), 18. Eilís Cahill (Munster), 19. Claire Bennett (Munster), 20. Jane Neill (Leinster), 21. Abbie Salter-Townshend (Munster), 22. Kate Flannery (Munster),23. Clara Barrett (Connacht)

Brython Thunder:

15 Ellie May Tromans, 14 Danai Mugabe, 13 Meg Webb, 12 Mollie Wilkinson, 11 Elenor Hing, 10 Niamh Terry, 9 Seren Singleton; 1 Chloe Thomas-Bradley, 2 Rosie Carr, 3 Katie Carr, 4 Natalia John, 5 Katie Mackay, 6 Finley Jones, 7 Alex Callender (captain), 8 Shona Wakley

Bench: 16 Amy Morgan, 17 Madi Johns, 18 Cadi Lois Davies, 19 Charlie Mundy, 20 Georgia Morgan, 21 Meg Davies, 22 Lowri Williams, 23 Amy Williams

Gwalia Lightning:

15 Nel Metcalfe, 14 Caitlin Lewis, 13 Kelsie Webster, 12 Molly Anderson-Thomas, 11 Catherine Richards, 10 Carys Hughes, 9 Sian Jones; 1 Abbey Constable, 2 Molly Reardon, 3 Jenni Scoble, 4 Erin Jones, 5 Bryonie King (captain), 6 Kate Williams, 7 Lucy Isaac, 8 Gwennan Hopkins

Bench:  16 Mica Evans, 17 Sophie Waug, 18 Lowri Williams, 19 Maisie Davies, 20 Sydney Mead, 21 Kierra Deeks, 22 Jenna De Vera, 23 Kate Davies

Glasgow Warriors

1. Demi Swann, 2. Nikki Simpson, 3. Eilidh Flemming, 4. Emma Turner (captain), 5. Ellie Williamson, 6. Holland Boga, 7. Lucy Winter, 8. Alex Love, 9. Mairi McDonald, 10. Ceitidh Ainsworth, 11. Pearl Kellie, 12. Lucy MacRae, 13. Claudia McLaren, 14. Sky Phimister, 15. Kiyomi Honjigawa

Bench 16. Karis Craig, 17. Allie Tucker, 18. Chloe Brown, 19. Sophie Anderson, 20. Izzy Hannah, 21. Rhea Clark, 22. Carla McDonald, 23. Giselle Chicot

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