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10 Aug 2022

Laura Feely in Ireland squad for Japan tests

The Ballybofey woman has been named as part of a 29-player Ireland squad for two tests in Japan next month

Laura Feely in Ireland squad for Japan tests

Ballybofey woman Laura Feely is back on the Ireland panel for the trip to Japan. Photo: Sportsfile

Ballybofey woman Laura Feely has been named in the Ireland Women’s squad for a two-test series against Japan.

Feely is included in the 29-player panel named by the Ireland head coach, Greg Williams.

Prop forward Feely plays with Blackrock College RFC and Connacht.

The 30-year-old made her Irish debut against France in Toulouse in the 2018 Women’s Six Nations.

Back-to-back matches against the Sakura 15s in August form part of a summer programme for McWilliams’ young side, and the exciting development opportunities ahead are highlighted by the inclusion of eight uncapped players in the touring party for Japan.

Ireland open the series against Japan at Ecopa Stadium in Fukuroi City, Shizuoka on Saturday, August 20, before a second Test against Lesley McKenzie’s team a week later, on Saturday, August 27, at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo.

The two teams most recently faced each other during the 2021 November internationals at the RDS, with Ireland earning a 15-12 win on that occasion.

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