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Gary Carr/INPHO Louise Galvin and Jenny Murphy celebrate qualifying for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
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Irish rugby star returns for Kerry as Cork make one change for All-Ireland semi-final
Louise Galvin is returning for the Kingdom following her rugby exploits.

LOUISE GALVIN IS back in the Kerry fold ahead of Saturday’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies football semi-final against Cork.

Galvin played a key role for Ireland at the Women’s Rugby Sevens Dublin tournament last weekend, as Anthony Eddy’s team secured their place in the World Series with a second-place finish.

Next year’s event will serve as ideal preparation for the Olympic repechage tournament and a potential route to Rio in 2016.

And now Galvin is set to feature for the Kingdom as they aim to topple the reigning champions and book a place in next month’s All-Ireland ladies final.

Kerry, without Galvin at the time, have already managed to defeat Cork this summer, in the Munster final.

Alan O’Neill’s Kerry are unchanged although there are some positional switches as Lorraine Scanlon is named at midfield, with Megan O’Connell filling the full-forward position.

Emma Sherwood will start at wing-forward as Sarah Houlihan moves to centre forward in the reshuffle.

But the return of Galvin is the biggest talking point and the Finuge/St Senans player is named on the bench.

Cork have made one change to the side that defeated Galway in the quarter-finals, as Doireann O’Sullivan replaces Rhona Ní Bhuachalla in attack.

Throw-in at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday is at 6pm.


1. Martina O’Brien

2. Marie Ambrose
3. Bríd Stack
4. Aisling Barrett

5. Vera Foley
6. Deirdre O’Reilly
7. Geraldine O’Flynn

8. Rena Buckley
9. Briege Corkery

10. Ciara O’Sullivan (capt)
11. Aisling Hutchings
12. Annie Walsh

13. Valerie Mulcahy
14. Áine O’Sullivan
15. Rhona Ní Bhuachalla

Subs: Meabh O’Sullivan 17. Orla Finn 18. Róisín Phelan 19. Róisín O’Sullivan 20. Eimear Scally 21. Emma Farmer 22. Grace Kearney 23. Doireann O’Sullivan 24. Maire O’Callaghan 25. Orlagh Farmer 26. Mairead Corkery 27. Jess O’Shea 28. Jennifer Barry 30. Áine Hayes.

Valerie Mulcahy and Brid Stack celebrate Tommy Grealy / INPHO Valerie Mulcahy and Brid Stack will be key players for Cork tomorrow. Tommy Grealy / INPHO / INPHO


1. Edel Murphy

2. Gina Crowley
3. Aislinn Desmond
4. Aisling Leonard

5. Caroline Kelly
6. Cáit Lynch (capt)
7. Maria Quirke

8. Bernie Breen
9. Lorrain Scanlon

10. Emma Sherwood
11. Sarah Houlihan
12. Denise Hallissey

13. Patrice Dennehy
14. Megan O’Connell
15. Louise Ní Muircheartaigh

Subs: 16. Laura Fitzgerald 17. Laura Rogers 18. Cassandra Buckley 19. Amanda Brosnan 20. Aisling O’Connell 21. Eilish O’Connor 22. Bríd O’Connor 23. Andrea Murphy 24. Berne Cronin 25. Linda Cronin 26. Rheanne O’Shea 27. Deirdre Kearney 28. Jane Lynch 29. Leanne Mangan 30. Louise Galvin

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