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RBS6N: Teams up for England v Ireland Women.

The England v Ireland Women’s match follows on from the Men’s at Twickenham on Saturday evening. Kick off 7:15 pm live on England Rugby YouTube

The teams were announced yesterday afternoon and Ireland Coach Tom Tierney has made two changes to the team that started against France. 

Ulster’s only current representative, Nikki Caughey, drops to the bench in favour of Nora Stapleton and Heather O’Brien is replaced in the back row by Ciara Griffin at openside with Paula Fitzpatrick moving to No. 8. Fiona Hayes makes a welcome return to the squad from the bench.

As they stand.

There’s not a lot to choose between any of these replacements but Stapleton does give a better kicking option than Caughey and it suggests that Ireland are going to play even more to their forwards with Stapleton dropping the odd ball behind the defence for the pack to chase. My one concern is that the wide open spaces of Twickers may not be the place to do this! 

My thoughts after watching the French game were that Ireland were well set to take on England at Twickenham and I see no reason to change my mind. If Ireland are in contention come the final quarter then the introduction of the likes of Caughey and O’Brien are just the sort of players you would want to come off the bench with Caughey, in particular, the sort of player that will prosper against a tiring defence. 

The FRU Predicts. Despite some reservations that Ireland will be kicking more I’m still going for the Ireland pack to come out on top and that Ireland Women pull off their first ever win on English soil! 

Katie Mason15Niamh Briggs
Lynda Thompson14Elise O’Byrne-White
Lauren Cattell13Aine Donnelly
Ceri Large12Sene Naoupu
Lotte Clapp11Mairead Coyne
Amber Reed10Nora Stapleton
La Toya Mason9Larissa Muldoon
Rochelle Clark1Ruth O’Reilly
Emma Crocker2Cliodhna Moloney
Vickii Cornborough3Ailis Egan
Abbie Scott4Sophie Spence
Emily Braund5Marie-Louise Reilly
Harriett Millar-Mills6Ciara Griffin
Izzy Noel-Smith7Claire Molloy
Sarah Hunter8Paula Fitzpatrick
Amy Cokayne16Zoe Grattage
Heather Kerr17Fiona Hayes
Bee Dawson18Fiona Reidy
Tamara Taylor19Ciara Cooney
Poppy Leitch20Heather O’Brien
Bianca Blackburn21Mary Healy
Ruth Laybourne22Nikki Caughey
Leanne Reiley23Jackie Shiels

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