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Strong Offaly Representation In Irish Rugby Women And U-20 Six Nations Squads

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Strong Offaly Representation In Irish Rugby Women And U-20 Six Nations Squads thumbnailJack Regan. TT05265

THE rugby Six Nations fever is fast upon us with the opening round of action in the U20s, Womens' and mens' competitions kicking off this weekend with the Irish teams making the short trip across the pond to take on Scotland in all three codes.
The Women's and U20's squads were announced during the week with a strong representation from Offaly making the cut and a big connection with the mens' senior squad that are expected to mount a powerful challenge for glory.
The U20's are in action Friday night and in the latest of international call ups, Birr's Jack Regan continues on a fine tradition of Offaly men to represent Ireland at that level.
Regan has been impressing in Leinster rugby circles and made his Leinster 'A' debut last season while also lining out for Leinster and Ireland at U18 and U19 level in recent season while featuring prominently for UCD in the All Ireland league.
The big second row is the son of former Offaly All Ireland medal winner Daithi Regan and he will be hoping to further enhance his reputation during this campaign.
On the Senior Womens' squad announced by Tom Tierney, Offaly have three members of the 30 person squad. Former championship winner with Ireland and Walsh Island native, Niamh Kavanagh returns to the squad while Nichola Fryday, who made her debut during the Autumn internationals last season, has impressed enough to earn a spot in the squad. The Tullamore forward is continuing to make waves while she will be joined by a Tullamore native making her debut in the squad.
Former Tullamore RFC player and an All Ireland winning Camogie medal holder with Offaly, Ailsa Hughes makes her debut in the squad as a reward for her performances at scrum half for Leinster and Railway Union.
The Women take on Scotland on Friday evening at 6.35pm and the game is live on RTE television
There is also a big Offaly connection with the Irish senior mens squad as it includes Connaught's Tiernan O'Halloran, a son of former Offaly footballer, Aidan O'Halloran, a member of the squad that won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 1982.

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