Ireland ring the changes for Kazakhstan match
Coach Philip Doyle mixes and matches for final Pool B game tomorrow
Tania Rosser’s versatility allows the Blackrock veteran move from scrumhalf to outhalf. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
It’s a necessary risk but Ireland coach Philip Doyle has dramatically altered his team to face Kazakhstan in tomorrow’s final Pool B match in Marcoussis.
Having to consider Ireland will almost certainly be playing a World Cup semi-final at Stade Jean Bouin next Wednesday, Doyle retains only five players from the starting XV that defeated New Zealand 17-14 last Tuesday.
Tania Rosser’s versatility allows the Blackrock veteran move from scrumhalf to outhalf and that means Larissa Muldoon gets a chance to stake her claim at nine.
The only injury enforced absence is Heather O’Brien but the Cork backrow still has a chance of recovering from a finger injury having rejoined the squad after an operation in Dublin.
Ireland (v Kazakhstan, Marcoussis, 12pm Irish time): 15. Jackie Shiels (Richmond RFC/Exile); 14. Vikki McGinn (Blackrock/Leinster), 13. Lynne Cantwell (Richmond RFC/Exile, capt) 12. Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster) 11. Hannah Casey (Saracens/Exiles); 10. Tania Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster) 9. Larissa Muldoon (Bristol/Exile); 1. Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster) 2. Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster) 3. Kerrie Ann Craddock (Saracens/Exiles); 4. Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster) 5. Orla Fitzsimons (St Mary’s College/Leinster); 6. Sharon Lynch (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 7. Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster) 8. Paula Fitzpatrick (St Mary’s/Leinster). Replacements: 16. Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster) 17. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 18. Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 19. Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht) 20. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 21. Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht) 22. Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)