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RBS6N: Teams up for Ireland v Italy Women

Ireland Women’s Coach Tom Tierney has made sweeping changes for tomorrow afternoon’s RBS Six Nations match against Italy. The match kicks off at 13:00 at Donnybrook and will be shown live on Irish Rugby’s YouTube stream.

All in all I make it eleven changes from the squad that featured against England and it’s pleasing to see a few more players get the chance to wear the green. 

Ulster player Nikki Caughey makes her fourth appearance of the series, starting at out half, and she is joined in the squad by Queen’s Claire McLaughlin who will hopefully get her fist cap for Ireland from the bench. Ulster exile Larissa Muldoon drops to a strong looking bench for this one where she is joined by Connacht’s Claire Molly and Leinster’s Paula Fitzpatrick in this surprise shake up. 

Seven’s players Kim Flood, Liz Burke and Alison Miller form a new look back three with captain Niamh Briggs switching to the centre to partner Sene Naoupu, one of the few players to maintain her place. Mary Healy starts at scrum half, alongside Caughey, after impressive appearances from the bench and up front Elaine Anthony comes into the squad for the first time this season to partner Marie Louise Reilly in second row with Sophie Spence switching to No. 8. 

It’s an interesting shake up but it might just be too many changes, particularly up front, against an improving Italian side who come into this game with some confidence on the back of a narrow loss to England and a win against Scotland. 

IRELANDITALY
Kim Flood15Manuela Furlan
Liz Burke14Maria Magatti
Niamh Briggs13Maria Grazia Cioffi
Sene Naoupu12Michela Sillari
Alison Miller11Sofia Stefan
Nikki Caughey10Beatrice Rigoni
Mary Healy9Sara Barattin
Lindsay Peat1Elisa Cucchiella
Cliodhna Moloney2Lucia Cammarano
Ailis Egan3Melissa Bettoni
Elaine Anthony4Elisa Pillotti
Marie Louise Reilly5Alice Trevisan
Ciara Cooney6Michela Este
Ciara Griffin7Isabella Locatelli
Sophie Spence8Elisa Giordano
   
Zoe Grattage16Lucia Gai
Ruth O’Reilly17Gaia Giacomoli
Fiona Reidy18Diletta Nicoletti
Claire Molloy19Valentina Ruzza
Paula Fitzpatrick20Ilaria Arrighetti
Larissa Muldoon21Silvia Folli
Nora Stapleton22Paola Zangirolami
Claire McLaughlin23Veronica Madia

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