Donegal rugby players on international duty

Donegal rugby players on international duty

With the start of the RBS Six Nations this weekend there will be plenty of representation from Donegal on the various teams.

Leading the way once more will be Donegal Ladies who are part of the Irish International Women's team, who open their campaign against Wales in Donnybrook on Saturday.

Larissa Muldoon from Cappry, Ballybofey; Nora Stapleton, Muff and Jackie Shiels, whose mother hails from Townawilly, just outside Donegal Town, are again part of the Donegal panel who are defending their RBS title, won in dramatic fashion in Scotland last year.

The Irish girls have moved their home venue from Ashbourne to the central Dublin venue this year. Saturday's opening game has a 1 p.m. kick-off.

Ireland Women's Six Nations 2016 Squad

Forwards: Elaine Anthony (Munster / Highfield), Ciara Cooney (Leinster / Railway Union), Ailis Egan (Leinster/ Old Belvedere), Grainne Egan (Connacht / St.Mary's), Paula Fitzpatrick (Leinster / Stade Toulousain), Orla Fitzsimons (Leinster / St.Mary's), Zoe Grattage (Munster / Tralee), Ciara Griffin (Munster / Tralee), Claire Molloy (Bristol), Cliodhna Moloney (Leinster / Railway Union), Heather O'Brien (Munster / Stade Toulousain), Fiona O'Brien (Leinster/ Old Belvedere), Ciara O'Connor (Connacht / Tralee), Ruth O'Reilly (Connacht / Galwegians), Lindsay Peat (Leinster / Railway Union), Fiona Reidy (Munster / UL Bohemians), Marie-Louise Reilly (Leinster / Old Belvedere), Sophie Spence (Leinster/ Old Belvedere).

Backs: Niamh Briggs (Munster / U.L Bohemians), Liz Burke (Munster / U.L Bohemians), Nikki Caughey (Ulster / Railway Union), Mairead Coyne (Connacht / Galwegians), Aine Donnelly (Leinster/ Cill Dara), Mary Healy (Connacht / Galwegians), Claire McLaughlin (Ulster / Queen's University), Larissa Muldoon (Skewen), Sene Naoupu (Connacht / Galwegians), Elise O'Byrne-White (Leinster/ Old Belvedere), Jackie Shiels (Richmond), Nora Stapleton (Leinster / Old Belvedere)

Six Nations Ireland Women's Fixtures:

Sat 6 Feb 13:00 Ireland v Wales Donnybrook Stadium

Sat 13 Feb 21:00 (Irish time) France v Ireland Stade Aimé Giral, Perpignan

Sat 27 Feb 19:15 England v Ireland Twickenham

Sun 13 Mar 13:00 Ireland v Italy Donnybrook Stadium

Sun 20 Mar 13:00 Ireland v Scotland Donnybrook

Conan on U-20 duty

Meanwhile, Conan O'Donnell of Sligo, whose father, Cathal hails from Gaoth Dobhair, will again be part of the Irish U-20 for a second successive year.

The prop forward is part of the Connacht Academy and made an appearance for the Connacht senior side in an away Challenge Cup game in Newcastle recently.

Conan and the Irish U-20s also play Wales with their game also set for Donnybrook on Friday night next with a 7.35 kick-off. The game will be shown live on Network 2