The Ireland Women’s Under-20 squad has been named for this month’s landmark trip to Rome to play against Italy and Scotland in a series of training matches.
Head coach Neill Alcorn has selected a group of 26 players to travel to Italy as an Ireland Women’s Under-20 programme is launched for the first time.
There are three senior-capped internationals included in the U-20 squad, while a number of players who starred for the Combined Provinces side in the inaugural Celtic Challenge and for their provinces in last season’s Vodafone Interprovincial Championship have been selected.
Erris native Clara Barrett who plays for Ballina and Connacht is named in the squad.
Also included is Kayla Waldron, Laoise McGonagle, Ivana Kiripati and Karly Tierney who all play for Connacht.
The squad will come together for a week-long training camp at the IRFU High Performance Centre on Monday, July 16, before travelling to Rome on Friday, July 21.
Alcorn’s side will train against Italy and Scotland at the Stadio Tommaso Fattori in L’Aquila, before going head-to-head in two 40-minutes matches on Friday, July 28, exposing the players to valuable training and match time against international opposition.