Cliodhna Moloney (born 31 May 1993) is an Irish women's rugby union player from Kilconly, County Galway, Republic of Ireland. She currently plays for Railway Union RFC, Leinster Rugby (province) and the Ireland women's national rugby union team as a hooker.
|Birth name||Clíodhna Moloney|
|Date of birth||31 May 1993|
|Place of birth||Kilconly, Republic of Ireland|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Prior to playing rugby, Moloney had played Gaelic football at youth level. She played for Corofin GAC and was a part of the Galway GAA team that played in the All-Ireland Football Championships. Moloney started playing rugby while studying for a degree in sport with business at the Institute of Technology, Sligo despite working as a Gaelic football coach for Sligo GAA through the Institute of Technology. She had been invited by a Dublin friend of hers to join one of their training sessions. From this, she joined Dublin based Railway Union RFC in 2014.
Moloney made her international debut for Ireland in 2015 against the England women's national rugby union team at The Stoop in London. Afterwards she was selected to play for Ireland in the 2015 Women's Six Nations Championship. Following this, she led calls for the Women's Six Nations Championship to share stadiums with the men's Six Nations Championship after playing a match against England at Twickenham Stadium. In 2017, she was a part of Ireland's 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup campaign hosted in Ireland. She was a part of promotion for the tournament at University College Dublin, where the group games of the Women's Rugby World Cup were to be held at the UCD Bowl.
Moloney missed the 2019 International season due to shoulder surgery.
She was Ireland's first-choice hooker for the 2021 Women's Six Nations Championship.
In February 2021 she was selected on the Irish Women's Team of the Decade by the Front Row Union website.
Moloney is one of seven children from a farming background. She went to secondary school in St Brigid's Tuam and to college at Institute of Technology Sligo. She works as a banker, previously for KBC Bank Ireland and now as a compliance analyst for Metro Bank.
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