Offaly women to the fore as Ireland Women open Six Nations account

Thursday, 15 February 2018

FOLLOWING on from a convincing opening round defeat at the hands of France, the Ireland Women's team got their Six Nations campaign off the ground with a 21-8 win over Italy at Donnybrook on Sunday last.
Three Offaly natives lined out in green on Sunday with Tullamore RFC's Nichola Fryday playing the whole 80 minutes while former Tullamore player and native of the town, Ailsa Hughes started at scrum half.
To top it off, there was a third cap handed out to an Offaly woman with Doon native Michelle Claffey making her debut. She came off the bench as a temporary replacement in the opening half before coming on for out-half Niamh Briggs towards the end of the game.
Claffey plays her Rugby with Blackrock College and Leinster and has come through the inter-provincial system to join the aforementioned duo and Ireland stalwarts Niamh Kavanagh and Jeanette Feighery as Offaly natives with Irish caps.
With that win behind them, they have a two week break until the visit of Wales on Sunday week.


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