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Portlaoise native makes Ireland Women’s rugby match panel for first November series game

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

This rise of this young woman through the game is nothing short of remarkable!

Portlaoise woman Emma Hooban has been named in the Ireland match day panel of 23 for the upcoming November series match against the USA.

The promising 21 year old hooker is in the squad to play in the November international at Energia Park in Donnybrook on Sunday, November 18 at 1pm.

There are ten changes to the side that lined out against England in the final round of last season’s Six Nations.

Emma is among the four uncapped in the squad.

The former Scoil Chriost Rí’s student talent has certainly shone through in recent months in particular.

Fresh from winning the Interprovincial Cup with Leinster, Emma was then named in the Ireland squad for the upcoming November series.

Speaking about the team announcement, manager Adam Griggs said: “We’ve named what we believe to be an exciting side for this weekend’s game, with a blend of experienced players along with some new faces who have impressed across the Women’s All-Ireland League and the Interprovincial Championship.

“We’ve had some really good preparation over the last two months in camp and the competition amongst the squad has really driven our standards, which in turn has raised the quality of our rugby throughout the side.

“Selections were not an easy task and the players chosen to represent our squad and the jersey this week have stood up and worked hard to earn their selection.”

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 currently recovering from a horrific leg injury.

Best of luck Emma!

Emma in action for Leinster

Ireland squad named to face USA: 

15. Lauren Delany (Firwood Waterloo Ladies/IQ Rugby) *
14. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemians/Munster)
13. Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
12. Michelle Claffey (Blackrock/Leinster)
11. Laura Sheehan (UL Bohemians/Munster) *
10. Nikki Caughey (Railway Union/Leinster)
9. Ailsa Hughes (Railway Union/Leinster)
1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster)
2. Sarah Mimnagh (Richmond/IQ Rugby)
3. Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemians/Munster)
4. Aoife McDermott (Railway Union/Leinster)
5. Ciara Cooney (Railway Union/Leinster)
6. Edel McMahon (Galwegians/Connacht)
7. Claire Molloy (Wasps)
8. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians/Munster) (capt)

Replacements:

16. Emma Hooban (St. Mary’s/Leinster) *
17. Laura Feely (Galwegians/Connacht)
18. Leah Lyons (Harlequins)
19. Nichola Fryday (Galwegians/Connacht)
20. Jeamie Deacon (Blackrock/Leinster)
21. Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
22. Claire McLaughlin (Old Belvedere/Ulster)
23. Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe/Connacht) *

Fixtures are as follows:

IRELAND WOMEN v USA Women
Energia Park, Donnybrook – Sunday, November 18, kick-off 1pm

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

Tickets are on sale now from ticketmaster.ie. The game will be live streamed here.

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