Sligo’s Nicole Fowley retains her place in Irish Rugby team for Canada test

Sligo’s Nicole Fowley (pictured above centre) has retained her place in the Irish Rugby team for Saturday’s second November International against Canada.

Fowley made her Irish debut at outside centre in last weekend’s narrow defeat to England in their series opener.

She will continue to partner Sene Naoupu for Saturday’s match, with the back three also remaining unchanged.

There is a new half-back partnership however, as Donegal pair Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton drop out of the starting 15.

Mary Healy and Nikki Caughey come in, with Muldoon named among the replacements.

There are nine changes in personnel in total, with only captain Paula Fitzpatrick remaining in the pack.

There are debuts for Nichola Fryday and Anna Caplice.

Saturday’s game is at 2pm in the UCD Bowl.

Ireland Women v Canada Women, 2pm, Saturday 19th November 2016, UCD Bowl

Mairead Coyne (Galwegians/Connacht)

Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Nicole Fowley (Galwegians/Connacht)

Sene Naoupu (Aylesford Bulls)

Alison Miller (Old Belvedere/Connacht)

Nikki Caughey (Railway Union/Ulster)

Mary Healy (Galwegians/Connacht)

Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Zoe Grattage (Highfield/Munster)

Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Katie Norris (Blackrock College/Leinster)

Nichola Fryday (Tullamore RFC/Leinster)

Ciara Cooney (Railway Union/Leinster)

Anna Caplice (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s/Leinster) Captain


Leah Lyons (Highfield/Munster)

Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster)

Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Elaine Anthony (Highfield/Munster)

Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union)

Jackie Shiels (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

Claire McLaughlin (Cooke/Ulster)



Women’s November Series Fixtures / Results:

Sunday, November 13:

Ireland Women 10 – 12 England Women, UCD Bowl


Saturday, November 19:

Ireland Women v Canada Women, UCD Bowl, 2pm


Wednesday, November 23:

Canada Women v New Zealand Women, Donnybrook, 1pm


Sunday, November 27:

Ireland Women v New Zealand Women, UCD Bowl, 2pm