A number of Laois girls are set to play in this year’s rugby inter-provincials with Emma Hooban from Portlaoise in line to make her debut for Leinster this Friday against Ulster.
The former Portlaoise RFC player started her rugby career playing mini-rugby level with the boys for a couple of years, being the only female player on the team for the first year. She has competed at all age levels up to U-18 and Seniorlevel with Portlaoise.
Emma, who now plays with St Mary’s in Dublin as well as DCU where she is studying mental health nursing, has captained Leinster to inter-pro glory at U-18 level when she played Number 8 but she will line at hooker on Friday against Ulster in Blackrock.
Emma is one of three former Portlaoise players now in the Leinster set-up. Eimear Corri, who had an injury-disrupted season last year, and Niamh Griffin both line out with Blackrock.
There is also a former Portlaoise player involved with Connacht. Tara Buggie, who now plays with NUI Galway, is included in their squad for the inter-pros.
Experienced international Alison Miller is still out injured following an ankle break during the last spring. She is targeting a return with Ireland for the Six Nations in February.
Connacht play Munster this weekend before then meeting Leinster in the Sportsground in Galway on Sunday, September 9.
The final round of games is on Saturday, September 15, with Leinster at home to Munster and Connacht at home to Ulster.
There was Laois interest in the recent U-18 clubs interpros with Portlaoise player Will Reilly playing a key role with the winning Leinster team.