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Former Portlaoise player named in Ireland Women’s rugby squad

Emma Hooban with her dad Pat at full time after the big win
Emma Hooban with her dad Pat

What a couple of weeks it has been for this young Laois woman.

Fresh from winning the Interprovincial Cup with Leinster, Emma Hooban has been named in the Ireland squad for the upcoming November series.

Head coach Adam Griggs has included nine new faces in the squad to face USA and England, including six uncapped players and three development players.

Hooban is in alongside provincial teammates Ellen Murphy and Juliet Short, and Lauren Delany.

While Munster’s Enya Breen and Laura Sheehan make up the other uncapped players.

Speaking about the squad selection, Adam Griggs said: “The coaching group are really excited to name this side for the November series. We are up against two good teams and it’s a good chance to blood new talent and get in preparation ahead of the Six Nations.

“This year we have included three development players in the panel. They are going to be fully immersed in the squad with an eye on fast tracking their development and making sure in a year or two they will be ready to go at international level.

“In saying that, when they come in to compete with the other players in the squad, if they are doing their job well, they have every chance of being selected.

“A number of the squad, including the likes of Claire Molloy, are playing in the English Tyrrells Premiership or have qualified through the IQ Rugby system, which is really helping us identify and add to our pathway for female players.

“We’re working closely with our colleagues in IQ Rugby and special mention must go to Wayne Mitchell who has helped us throughout our screening days over the summer, along with his and IQ Rugby’s continued support of the players which helps us to stay in contact with their clubs and monitor them to ensure we are be up to date on their performances and well-being.”

Hooban is now following in the footsteps of fellow Laois woman Alison Miller who has represented her country for a number of years but is cuurently recovering for a horrific leg injury.

Well done Emma.

Fixtures are as follows:

Energia Park, Donnybrook – Sunday, November 18, kick-off 1pm

England Women v IRELAND WOMEN
Twickenham Stadium, London – Saturday, November 24, kick-off 5.40pm

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.