IVANA KIRIPATI SELECTED ON IRELAND SQUAD
IVANA KIRIPATI is the latest young Buccaneers player to be selected on a national squad as she has been named on the first ever Ireland Womens U-20 panel.
Following a week-long training camp at the IRFU High Performance Centre commencing on Monday next, Ireland will play training matches against hosts Italy and Scotland later this month. They travel to L’Aquila for training sessions alongside the other two nations before head-to-head 40 minutes matches against both Scotland and Italy on Friday, July 28th.
Ivana continues the family tradition by playing in the forwards. Her father Kolo performed with distinction for the Pirates for over a decade, primarily at No.8, while mother Mele featured in the front row for the Athlone club. Kolo was head coach to the Buccs team that won promotion to Division 1A in the All-Ireland League while Mele has also been actively involved with Womens and Girls teams in the club.
We wish Ivana, who also plays with Connacht, every success in this historic Ireland squad.
Meanwhile, younger sister Merisa who currently lines out with Creggs is included in the Connacht U-18 squad ahead of the upcoming Interprovincial series. Best of luck to Merisa also.