Irish women unchanged for France

Ireland's Alison Miller and Sophie Spence celebrate at the final whistle against Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland's Alison Miller and Sophie Spence celebrate at the final whistle against Scotland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Wed, Mar 6, 2013, 00:00

Rugby:Coach Philip Doyle has named an unchanged women’s Ireland side to face France in Ashbourne on Friday night.

Ireland, who overcame Scotland in their last outing of the Six Nations to secure the Triple Crown are now chasing a Grand Slam with just France and Italy remaining.

A win on Friday would set up Ireland for an historic success in Italy next weekend.

"It is great to have our goals already ready reached for this season with Rugby World Cup qualifications and the Triple Crown secured,” said Doyle. “That being said, this squad has further goals and a win over France will certainly get us a step closer to those."

"Having seeing France’s very strong performance a fortnight ago we know that this fixture will be a very tight one but will certainly be very entertaining for the crowd."

"We are looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd in Ashbourne they always give us great support and can really make a difference for the team on the pitch."

The game will be streamed live on www.IrishRugby.ie and on www.RTE.ie with RTÉ's 2FM providing live commentary.

Ireland (v France):Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster); Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Lynne Cantwell (Richmond/Exiles), Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht); Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Larissa Muldoon (UWIC/Exiles); Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster) (capt), Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster), Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster); Sophie Spence (Mowden Park Sharks/Exiles), Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster); Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster), Claire Molloy (Bristol/Exiles), Joy Neville (UL Bohemians/Munster)

Replacements:Stacey-Lea Kennedy (City of Derry/Ulster), Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster), Lauren Day (Waterloo/Exiles), Leigh Dargan (Saracens RFC/Exile), Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster), Amy Davis (Blackrock College/Ulster), Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster), Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians/Munster)

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