IRFU President Philip Orr presented 102 international caps to former female players who played in competitive Test fixtures between 1993 and 2006.
Sligo RFC’s own Thérèse Cosgrove and Anne O’Toole were awarded their international caps during the Ireland V Scotland team dinner last Sunday, following Ireland’s final home match of the Women’s Six Nations campaign at Donnybrook.
Having compiled a list of all those who represented the Ireland Women in World Rugby-approved Test matches, before the IWRFU was integrated with the IRFU, the Union will now cap those who played for Ireland from the first fixture, which took place against Scotland on February 14, 1993, to the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2006, when caps were presented by the IRFU for the first time.
Thérèse was first capped in 1996 and Anne in 1999. It was a fantastic day of recognition for past players, including the very first women’s team of 1993, and recognised the efforts of those players in bringing Irish women’s rugby to where it is today.
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said: “The IRFU are very grateful to all those who were the pioneers of Women’s rugby in Ireland and we are pleased to be in a position to recognise players who have yet to receive their cap. ”This has been made possible following extensive research of those eligible for an international cap by a sub-committee led by Su Carty and Mary Quinn, and following confirmation from World Rugby of fixtures that are recognised as being full Test internationals. ”We are delighted that we will be joined by so many of these former players at our last home Women’s Six Nations match and team dinner of the season. It promises to be a wonderful occasion and we are very grateful to all those who have assisted us in making it possible.”