Fri 08 Feb 2019 08:04

The Women's 6Nations tournament kicks off at 5pm tonight in Donnybrook, Dublin, where last year's third placed side Ireland take on runners up England.

Of particular interest to North West rugby fans will be the contest between Irish full back Lauren Delany and England’s Sarah Beckett who starts as blindside flanker. The match is live on Sky Sports and BBC Radio 5Live. 

All the other nations will have a point to prove against an England side who have recently been awarded professional contracts.

Later tonight scrum half Mhairi Grieve is in action for Scotland against Italy with a 7.35 kick off on BBC Alba and BBC Online.

Finally, Welsh fans will have to wait until Sunday to see winger Lisa Neumann take the field against reigning champions France. Young hooker Molly Kelly is in the training squad but won't be involved in the opening match, which is also available on the BBC. 

Participating in the Tyrells Premier 15s competition has allowed Firwood Waterloo Women to attract, develop and retain promising talent, showing how important this competition is to the development of the women's game. 

It's extremely exciting for the Merseyside club to have players in each of the home nations teams, but it isn't the first time this has happened. In the 2000 European Cup, Firwood Waterloo had a total of nine players competing and have ambitious plans in place to develop the players on the roster to reach these heights again.

Firwood Waterloo Women play at the Memorial Ground in Blundellsands, Merseyside and compete in the Tyrells Premier 15s, the highest standard of women's domestic rugby union in the world. 


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