Tania Rosser back for Ireland Women after ending four-year retirement

TG4 to broadcast all Irish World Cup matches in France

Tania Rosser back after four year retirement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tania Rosser back after four year retirement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tue, Jul 1, 2014, 16:38

Tania Rosser is a surprise yet invigorating addition to Ireland’s World Cup squad ahead of next month’s tournament in Marcoussis, just outside Paris.

Philip Doyle released his 26-woman panel with Rosser coming out of a four year retirement to replace injured scrumhalf Amy Davis.

Now 35, the New Zealand born halfback should reach the half century of appearances for her adopted country as she will provide cover for Larissa Muldoon and outhalf Nora Stapleton.

“Tania is fitter than ever and in the best form of her career,” said Ireland backs coach Greg McWilliams.

Hooker Stacey-Lee Kennedy (anterior cruciate ligament tear) is another to miss out and Joy Neville retired last season but otherwise the 2013 Grand Slam squad remains intact.

Following three weekends in their Enfield camp, Ireland travel to Madrid to face Spain on Saturday before a final warm-up against Wales in Malahide.

Joe Schmidt and Les Kiss will be taking sessions in the lead up to the opening Pool match against the USA on Friday, August 1st.

World champions New Zealand are up the following Tuesday with Kazakhstan on August 9th. TG4 will broadcast every Ireland game live with Sky Sports also showing the Blacks Ferns tie.

Ireland World Cup Squad Forwards (13): Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster) Fiona Coghlan (capt, UL Bohemians/Leinster) Kerrie Ann Craddock (Saracens/Exiles) Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) Orla Fitzsimons (St Mary’s College/Leinster) Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster) Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster) Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster) Sharon Lynch (Old Belvedere/Leinster) Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht) Heather O’Brien (Highfield RFC/Munster) Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster) Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster). Backs (13): Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster) Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster) Lynne Cantwell (Richmond RFC/Exile) Hannah Casey (Saracens/Exiles) Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster) Paula Fitzpatrick (St Mary’s College/Leinster) Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians/Munster) Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht) Larissa Muldoon (Bristol/Exile) Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster) Tania Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster) Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster) Jackie Shiels (Richmond RFC/Exile)

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