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Laois Woman Selected In Ireland's First Ever Rugby League Squad

It's been announced by head coach John Whalley.

Laois Ana O'Neill will be part of the first ever Irish Women's Rugby League squad. 

She's been selected by head coach John Whalley in a 50 person panel that will chop and change throughout the 2021 season. 

It follows a series of trial days both domestically and in the UK.

The panel itself is split straight down the middle with 25 based at home and 25 based across the English channel. 

Speaking on the historic announcement, Chairman Jim Reynolds said:

“Personally I could not be more delighted with our progress in building a Women’s Rugby League game here in Ireland, and to have made such fast and significant progress in building a formidable squad for the International team is testament to the great management and coaching team. Well done to all the player selected and Ní neart go cur le chéile.”

Women’s Head Coach, John Whalley also relished the achievements of the International set up:

“It has been a great initial few months, myself and my coaching staff have seen a lot of talent and it has been very difficult to narrow it down to a 50-player squad. We are delighted with the progression of the International set up even in these early stages and I look forward to carrying the team forward now and preparing for some International games.”

Full 50-Player Squad List:

Rebecca Anderson (Wakefield Trinity)
Philippa Birchall (St Helens)
Tammy Breen (Dublin City Exiles)
Kathy Byrne (Dublin City Exiles)
Lisa Callan (Dublin City Exiles)
Stephanie Carroll (Dublin City Exiles)
Noreen Cassidy (Dublin City Exiles)
Storm Cobain (Bedford Tigers)
Ali Coleman (Dublin City Exiles)
Erin Coll (Dublin City Exiles)
Megan Condliffe (Wigan St Patrick’s)
Francessca Copley (Featherstone Rovers)
Maddison Corrigan (Swinton Lionesses)
Paige Costello (Wigan Warriors)
Roisin Crowe (Dublin City Exiles)
Megan Cullen (Dublin City Exiles)
Emma Curran (Dublin City Exiles)
Clodagh Dunne (Dublin City Exiles)
Rachel Eastwood (Featherstone Rovers)
Sorcha Fitz-Henry (Barrowcudas)
Megan Garvey (Warrington Wolves)
Stacey Greenwood (Wigan Warriors)
Holly Grimes (Swinton Lionesses)
Claire-Aimee Grimshaw (Bedford Tigers)
Stacy Hanley (Galway Tribeswomen)
Gabrielle Harrison (Featherstone Rovers)
Vanessa Hullon (Dublin City Exiles)
Lucy Juffkins (Golden Ferns)
Louise Kelly (Galway Tribeswomen)
Lena Kibler (Dublin City Exiles)
Bethany Lambert (York City Knights)
Ray Lawless (Dublin City Exiles)
Sarah Lovejoy (St Helens)
Orlaith McAuliffe (Dublin City Exiles)
Iona McCusker (London Broncos)
Diane Mcilhagga (Dublin City Exiles)
Alex McGuinness (Dublin City Exiles)
Kate McMullan (Leigh Miners)
Erin Moorhead (Dublin City Exiles)
Grace Morley (Leigh Miners)
Chloe Nash (Featherstone Rovers)
Amy O’Neil (Barrowcudas)
Katie Ann O’Neill (Barrowcudas)
Syphonia Pua (Dublin City Exiles)
Mairead Quinn (Leigh Miners)
Reegan Walker (Halifax Panthers)
Hannah Whitehead (Widnes Vikings)
Aimee Wood (Wigan Warriors)
Mollie Young (Leigh Miners)

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