Three changes for Ireland women as they face down Wales
Fully fit Eimear Considine makes her first appearance of the tournament
Ireland’s Cliodhna Moloney celebrates scoring the opening try with Nichola Fryday and Sene Naoupu during last week’s win over Scotland. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
Women’s Six Nations: Ireland v Wales
Kick-off: 1pm, Sunday. Venue: Donnybrook. On TV: Live on RTÉ 2.
Ireland women’s coach Adam Griggs has made three changes to the team that beat Scotland last week as they face into their second Six Nations encounter with Wales.
Fit again, Eimear Considine makes her first appearance of the tournament. She is named at full back with Lauren Delaney moving to the wing to partner Beibhinn Parsons.
There is no change to the centre partnership with Michelle Claffey and Sene Naoupu named at 12 and 13 respectively.
Claire Keohane, who won her first Ireland 15s cap last week, will make her first start at outhalf with Kathryn Dane named at scrumhalf.
There is no change to the front row with Clíodhna Moloney named at hooker and joined by Lindsay Peat and Linda Djougang.
Judy Bobbett, who makes her Six Nations debut, is named in the second row alongside Aoife McDermott.
Captain, Ciara Griffin, Edel McMahon and Anna Caplice complete the pack.
Speaking on the team selection, coach Adam Griggs said “it was great to start the campaign with a win. We started the game against Scotland well, but we have areas to work on for this weekend.
“Wales are a familiar side, we played them in November, and we lost to them in the final minutes of that game. We know how strong they are and where the threats are.
“I’ve no doubt they will be looking for a result on Sunday. If we get the small things right, I am confident we can come out on the right side.”
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Ireland: Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian/ Munster); Lauren Delany (Firwood Waterloo/ IQ Rugby), Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere/ Leinster), Michelle Claffey (Blackrock/ Leinster), Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe/ Connacht); Claire Keohane (Railway Union/ Munster), Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere/ Ulster); Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/ Leinster), Cliodhna Moloney (Wasps/ IQ Rugby), Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere/ Leinster); Aoife McDermott (Railway Union/ Leinster), Judy Bobbett (Blackrock/ Leinster), Ciara Griffin (Capt, UL Bohemian/ Munster), Edel McMahon (Wasps/ Connacht / IQ Rugby), Anna Caplice (Harlequins/ IQ Rugby).
Replacements: Victoria Dabanovich O’Mahony (Old Belvedere/ Leinster), Laura Feely (Galwegians/ Connacht), Anne-Marie O’Hora (Galweigans/ Connacht), Ciara Cooney (Railway Union/ Leinster), Dorothy Wall (Railway Union/ Munster), Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemian / Munster), Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union/ Leinster), Aoife Doyle (Railway Union/ Munster).