16-year old Beibhinn Parsons is set to make history this weekend, after being named on the bench for the Ireland women's rugby team's match against the USA. Should she make an appearance in the test, she will be the youngest player to feature for Ireland in the modern era.
It is an incredible achievement for the Ballinasloe RFC and Connacht player, who turns 17 later this month. She was in incredible form for the women's u18 side during this year's Home Nations series, scoring nine tries. Parsons' hat-trick in the deciding game against England also saw Ireland emerge as tournament winners for the first time.
Laura Sheehan and Lauren Delany will make their first Ireland appearances as part of the starting team, while uncapped hooker Emma Hooban is also amongst the replacements.
Here is your Ireland Women's team to face @USAWomenEagles this Sunday in Energia Park at 1pm.
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The game will take place at Energia Park at 1.00pm on Sunday, and manager Adam Grigg had this to say about the clash:
We've had some really good preparation over the last two months in camp and the competition amongst the squad has really driven our standards, which in turn has raised the quality of our rugby throughout the side...
This will be the USA's third game in as many weeks, Which I'm sure has given them the chance to bond and gel as a squad.
They had two tough games against the Black Ferns and England that they will certainly have learnt a lot from and come Sunday there is no doubt they will be match ready for us which will be the challenge we must rise to from the start.
It's an exciting two weeks for this squad and we hope to see a big turn out on Sunday in Energia Park to support the team.