Four changes to Ireland Women’s side for game with Wales

Adam Griggs makes three changes in the pack for Donnybrook meeting

Ciara O’Connor comes in to the Ireland Women’s frontrow for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Wales in Donnybrook. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ciara O’Connor comes in to the Ireland Women’s frontrow for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Wales in Donnybrook. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

 

Ireland Women’s coach Adam Griggs has made four changes from the side that beat Italy for Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Wales at Donnybrook (3pm).

Two of those come in the frontrow where Griggs has brought in Galwegians hooker Ciara O’Connor and Highfield tighthead prop Leah Lyons after they came off the bench in 21-8 win over the Azzurri, with Cliodhna Moloney and Fiona Reidy dropping to the bench. Lindsey Peat remains at loosehead for the game.

Nichola Fryday is partnered in the secondrow by Orla Fitzsimons, with Paula Fitzpatrick moving to munber eight. Captain Ciara Griffin moves to the blindside, with Claire Molloy completing the backrow.

There is one change in the backline with Claire McLaughlin starting for the injured Alison Miller on the left wing.

“We got a good boost after the win over Italy a fortnight ago,” said Griggs. “We did what we wanted to, played with tempo and moved the ball. While the performance was far from perfect, we set a marker down for the rest of the campaign.

“We now head into a tough test on Sunday against the Welsh. We are looking to rectify some of the areas of our game that we haven’t been happy with over the past few weeks and if we can make those small changes, it should be a great one.”

IRELAND (v Wales, Donnybrook Stadium, Sunday, 3pm): Kim Flood (Railway Union/Leinster); Megan Williams (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock College/Leinster), Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Claire McLaughlin (Cooke/Ulster); Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemian/Munster), Ailsa Hughes (Railway Union/Leinster); Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster), Ciara O’Connor (Galwegians/Connacht), Leah Lyons (Highfield/Munster); Orla Fitzsimons (St Mary’s/Leinster), Nichola Fryday (Tullamore/Connacht); Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemian/Munster) (capt), Claire Molloy (Bristol), Paula Fitzpatrick (St Mary’s/Leinster).

Replacements: Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union/Leinster), Laura Feely (Galweigians/Connacht), Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemian/Munster), Aoife McDermott (Railway Union/Leinster), Edel McMahon (Galwegians/Connacht), Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemians/Munster), Michelle Claffey (Blackrock College/Leinster), Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster).

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