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The fixtures for this year’s Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship have been introduced.
The competitors will return to a round-robin format that can happen over three weekends this 12 months.
The Interprovincial Championship will happen from Friday, August twenty eighth – Saturday, September eleventh.
The Championship trophy will probably be lifted for the primary time since 2019, with reigning champions starting their defence in opposition to Connacht on the Sportsground in a repeat of the ultimate two years in the past.
IRFU Women’s Development Manager Amanda Greensmith mentioned: “Preparations are in full swing throughout the provinces and we’re actually wanting ahead to seeing the return of what’s a blue riband occasion for Irish Rugby.
“There’s a full cohort of players who missed on the chance to represent their province last year. It’s a priority for us to get players back onto the performance pathway and on the back of the #NothingLikeIt launch and some additional plans in the works, we’re on our way to ensuring an all-time high for visibility of this event.”
There are new teaching setups for all 4 provinces in 2021 forward of the competitors’s first weekend.
Neill Alcorn has been appointed Head Coach in Ulster, with former Ulster scrum-half, Paul Marshall taking over the Backs Coach function.
Paul Heasley would be the Athletic Development Lead for the squad, whereas Emily Millar has been appointed Team Manager.
Munster Rugby Senior Women’s Head Coach for the marketing campaign is Old Crescent and Crescent College Comprehensive coach Matt Brown.
Former Ireland captain and present UL Bohemians Women’s Head Coach Niamh Briggs is the Backs Coach with ex-Munster prop Mike Storey assuming the place of Forwards Coach.
Munster Rugby Women’s Development Officer Willie Shubart is the facet’s Technical Coach with UL Bohs ahead Sara Hartigan taking the place of Team Manager having beforehand held that function on the U18s degree.
In Leinster, Phil de Barra replaces outgoing head coach Ben Armstrong and is joined for 2021 by forwards coach Tom McKeown, backs coach Stephen Maher and expertise coach Ben Watson. Lorna Quinn and Marie Louise Reilly will take care of group administration.
Former Sligo RFC Head Coach Ross Mannion has been appointed Head Coach of the Connacht Rugby Senior Women’s Team, accompanied by Lyndon Jones as Backs Coach.
Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland mentioned that “Vodafone has been the proud sponsor of Irish Rugby since 2016 and [their] #TeamOfUs marketing campaign is geared toward rising the sport of rugby and selling inclusion for all.
“With that in mind, [they] are delighted this year to support the Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship. Everyone In!”
2021 Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship Schedule
Saturday August twenty eighth 2021 – Round 1
Connacht v Leinster, The Sportsground, 14:30
Ulster v Munster, Kingspan Stadium, 17:00
Saturday September 4th 2021 – Round 2
Munster v Connacht, Musgrave Park, 14:30
Leinster v Ulster, Energia Park, 16:00
Saturday September eleventh 2021 – Round 3
Connacht v Ulster, The Sportsground, 14:30
Leinster v Munster, Energia Park, 19:00
Kick-off instances TBC.
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