Galwegians and Connacht Flanker Edel McMahon to Line Out for International Barbarians

Edel McMahon

NUI GalwayGalwegians and Connacht flanker Edel McMahon (known as ‘Tricky’ on the pitch and off) has been selected as the Barbarians uncapped player for the newly-formed side’s clash with Munster in Thomond Park on November 10th.

The side is a cosmopolitan one with seven different nations represented. Veteran New Zealand scrum half Emma Jensen flies in from Auckland to take part while Canada provide Kelly Russell and Amanda Thornborough.

Edel is one of seven Irish representatives on the 23 strong panel with four from Old Belvedere – Ailis Egan, Marie Riley, Jackie Shiels and Nora Stapleton. Fiona Coghlan is from UL Bohemians and Tania Rosser from Blackrock with McMahon completing the Irish lineup.

Three of the new Barbarians (left to right) Susie Brown, Claire Cripps and Megan Goddard

Three of the new Barbarians (left to right) Susie Brown, Claire Cripps and Megan Goddard

The squad named by Head Coach Giselle Mather has 1,019 international caps between them:

“It’s a huge honour for the esteemed and experienced athletes that have been selected to wear the Barbarians shirt for the first time. They represent both the journey of the development of women’s rugby and on November 10 will be taking a big step into the future of the game. Everyone involved in the management of the team is looking forward to making this a truly memorable Barbarians experience for the players and paving the way for things to come.”

Entry to the historic first Barbarians womens’ game is included free with tickets to the Barbarians v Tonga match later in the day. Prices start at €15 adults and €10 children.


Barbarians v Munster Women


  • Tracy Balmer (Worcester & Scotland) 43 caps
  • Susie Brown (Richmond & Scotland) 62
  • Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians & Ireland) 85
  • Lenaige Corson (Stade Rennais & France) 24
  • Claire Cripps (Wasps & England) 43
  • Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere & Ireland) 46
  • Becky Essex (Richmond & England) 57
  • Amy Garnett (Saracens & England 100
  • Edel McMahon (Galwegians) 0
  • Marie Riley (Old Belvedere & Ireland) 54
  • Kelly Russell (Toronto Nomads & Canada) 53
  • Rachel Taylor (Caernarfon & Wales) 67


  • Emma Jensen (College Rifles & New Zealand 49)
  • Elen Evans (Caernarfon & Wales) 73
  • Megan Goddard (Gloucester-Hartpury & England) 5
  • Camille Grassineau (Stade Francais & France) 18
  • Vicki Jackson (Wasps & England) 2
  • Christelle LeDuff (SO Villonguet & France) 70
  • Tania Rosser (Blackrock & Ireland) 58
  • Georgina Roberts (Darlington MP Sharks & England) 15
  • Jackie Shiels (Old Belvedere & Ireland) 22
  • Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere & Ireland) 50
  • Amanda Thornborough (Westshore & Canada) 23


Head Coach: Giselle Mather

Assistant coach: Lisa Burgess

Team manager: Fiona Stockley

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