Galway will host the 2012 Women’s Rugby Intervarsities, which kick off at NUIG’s Dangan sportsground next Wednesday.
The three day event boasts eight third-level teams competing for national titles. NUIG is Connacht’s only representative and will battle it out with UL and UCC for the division one title, while LIT, CIT, DCU, WIT and Queen’s University, Belfast will complete for division two honours.
Among those competing in Galway are current Connacht women’s captain Alison Miller (UCC ), Ashleigh Baxter (QUB ), Niamh Kavanagh, and Joy Neville (both representing LIT ). All are members of the Irish Women’s Six Nations squad which had an impressive run of form in this year’s championship, eventually finishing third on the back of a one-point defeat to France and record-breaking victories against Italy and Wales. They will be joined in Galway by international teammates Laura Guest and Gillian Bourke, who coach the UCC and UL teams respectively.