Road to WRWC2017: UCD Bowl esaurito! Wallaroos e Red Roses, ecco il gruppo

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La IRFU ha annunciato che la UCD Bowl, dove l’Irlanda Femminile giocherà le tre gare della fase a gironi della ormai prossima WRWC, è esaurita in ogni ordine di posto.

La IRFU, che assieme a World Rugby organizza la massima competizione mondiale che andrà in scena a Dublino e Belfast, ha aggiunto che sono stati rilasciati biglietti aggiuntivi per il Billing Park UCD, dove giocheranno alcune gare Black Ferns e Red Roses, tra le altre.

Garrett Tubridy, Tournament Director, ha detto che “we are absolutely delighted to announce that all match-days at the UCD Bowl are now sold-out, and that we are able to put an additional number of tickets up for sale for the game days at Billings Park.

Supporters that purchased a ticket for an Ireland game also get access to the other World Cup games at that venue that day, so we are encouraging fans to come early, bring support for the other teams and enjoy the fan village between games.

WRWC2017 will get under way in the Bowl on day one when defending champions England meet Spain, while France and Australia will be one of the highlights of day two at the Bowl, so we hope Ireland fans will bring their colour, noise and support to the games taking place each day.”

Sarah Hunter capitana delle Red Roses

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Intanto le Red Roses Campionesse del Mondo hanno annunciato il gruppo di 28 giocatrici che partiranno per l’Irlanda per difendere il Titolo conquistato nel 2014 a Parigi.

Rachael Burford (Harlequins), Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries), Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks) e Danielle Waterman (Bristol), inserite nel gruppo, giocheranno la loro quarta WRWC consecutiva, avendo giocato ogni competizione dal 2006.

Sarah Hunter (Bristol) sarà ancora la capitana delle Red Roses – dopo averle guidate al primo 6 Nations vinto col Grand Slam dal 2012 – assistita dalla trequarti Emily Scarratt (Lichfield) come vice-capitana.

Il gruppo delle giocatrici convocate dall’Head coach Simon Middleton vanta in totale 1,207 caps e 15 delle 28 ragazze erano presenti in Francia nel 2014

We are confident we have an incredibly strong squad, made up of hugely experienced players who have featured in previous Women’s Rugby World Cups and other major tournaments such as the Olympics. At the same time, we have younger players who have been involved in a Grand Slam-winning side and a successful three Test series against some of the best teams in the world earlier this month,” ha detto Middleton.

Selection is probably one of the toughest jobs you do as a coach. This is not just a squad of the 28 players travelling to Ireland, but represents all those who have contributed so much this season to make this the team it is.
 
“Our focus has always been on going to Ireland to win the Women’s Rugby World Cup. To do that we are going to have to give more than in any competition we’ve played over the past year.”

Sarah Hunter ha aggiunto che “it’s a massive honour to captain England in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. It’s a hugely exciting time for everyone and we are now looking forward to getting back out on the training pitch, confident from our performances in New Zealand and ready to build on those and improve again.

Inghilterra Femminile per la Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017

Avanti
Zoe Aldcroft (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 4 caps)
Sarah Bern (Bristol, 10 caps)
Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries, 124 caps)
Amy Cokayne (Lichfield, 28 caps)
Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins, 25 caps)
Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens, 61 caps)
Sarah Hunter (C) (Bristol, 93 caps)
Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 8 caps)
Justine Lucas (Lichfield, 22 caps)
Alex Matthews (Richmond, 31 caps)
Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield, 46 caps)
Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol, 31 caps)
Marlie Packer (Bristol, 47 caps)
Abbie Scott (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 17 caps)
Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 105 caps)

Trequarti
Rachael Burford (Harlequins, 67 caps)
Natasha Hunt (Lichfield, 37 caps)
Megan Jones (Bristol, 4 caps)
La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 66 caps)
Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 85 caps)
Amber Reed (Bristol, 39 caps)
Leanne Riley (Harlequins, 10 caps)
Emily Scarratt (VC) (Lichfield, 69 caps)
Emily Scott (Saracens, 23 caps)
Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries, 34 caps)
Danielle Waterman (Bristol, 70 caps)
Kay Wilson (Richmond, 44 caps)
Amy Wilson Hardy (Bristol, 7 caps)

Nella mattinata di oggi abbiamo conosciuto i nomi delle 28 Wallaroos convocate per la WRWC2017. Ci sono due uncapped nella squadra che debutterà il 9 agosto contro le padrone di casa dell’Irlanda e cercherà di farsi strada in un girone piuttosto complicato – dove oltre a Niamh Briggs e compagne ci saranno Francia e Giappone.

Paul Verrell, head coach dell’Australia, ha inserito nel gruppo Sharni Williams e Shannon Parry, che lo scorso anno a Rio hanno conquistato la medaglia olimpica col Sevens.

In totale le Wallaroos vantano 156 caps – nove di loro hanno già giocato in una WRWC – e cercheranno di eguagliare il settimo posto raccolto in Francia nel 2014.

WALLAROOS

Avanti
Millie Boyle, 3 Tests, ACT
Chloe Butler, 9 Tests, South Australia
Cheyenne Campbell, 12 Tests, Queensland
Rebecca Clough, 13 Tests, Western Australia
Mollie Gray, 8 Tests, Australian Services Rugby Union/Sydney
Grace Hamilton, 4 Tests, Sydney
Alisha Hewett, 12 Tests, Australian Services Rugby Union/Queensland
Evelyn Horomia, 2 Tests, Sydney
Kiri Lingman, 3 Tests, Queensland
Hana Ngaha, 4 Tests, Queensland
Shannon Parry, 10 Tests, Aussie 7s/Queensland
Liz Patu, 12 Tests, Queensland
Emily Robinson, 2 Tests, Sydney
Hilisha Samoa, 3 Tests, Queensland
Alexandra Sulusi, 3 Tests, Sydney
Violeta Tupuola, 2 Tests, ACT

Trequarti
Katrina Barker, 5 Tests, NSW Country
Fenella Hake, 3 Tests, Queensland
Ashleigh Hewson, 15 Tests, Sydney
Nareta Marsters, 4 Tests, Sydney
Mahalia Murphy*, Aussie 7s/Sydney
Trilleen Pomare*, Western Australia
Sarah Riordan, 4 Tests, Australian Services Rugby Union/NSW Country
Kayla Sauvao, 3 Tests, Sydney
Huia Swanell, 2 Tests, Western Australia
Ashleigh Timoko, 1 Test, Western Australia
Samantha Treherne, 3 Tests, Queensland
Sharni Williams, 14 Tests, Aussie 7s/ACT
*denotes uncapped player

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