Laura Feely included in Irish squad for Six Nations warm-up with Wales

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Ballybofey woman Laura Feely is included in a 25-strong Irish squad for Sunday’s Six Nations warm-up game against Wales at the CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence in Ystrad Mynach.

Feely is one of seven uncapped players named in the Irish panel and is the sole Donegal representative.

Ireland begin their Six Nations campaign against France on February 3.

Feely, who lines out for Connacht, played in a warm-up game against Wales in Dublin last year and was also named on the Ireland training panel for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Speaking ahead of the warm-up clash with Wales, Ireland head coach Adam Griggs said: “We’ve had some very productive camps since I started with the team. and the trip to Wales this weekend will give us the chance to test out new combinations and look at some of the key areas the players have been working on.

“There’s a number of uncapped players included who have impressed in the interprovincial games before Christmas and during our recent camps, so I’m looking forward to seeing them test themselves at international level and hopefully giving me some selection headaches over the coming weeks.

“We have also allowed a few players this weekend off to recover from some minor knocks that they’ve picked up over the course of camps and during the tough interpros, but we expect to have them all available for selection for the opening Women’s Six Nations game against France in Toulouse in just over two weeks’ time.”

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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