Teams are up for Sunday’s RBS Women’s Six Nations match against Scotland at Donnybrook, kick off 13:00. Tom Tierney has once again shuffled his cards making nine changes from the team that beat Italy last time out as Ireland look for a top three finish.
Ulster’s Claire McLaughlin moves from the bench to start at outside centre where she will partner Sene Naoupu in the fourth centre combination this series, the impressive Naoupu being one of the few constants this series. Unfortunately, from an Ulster perspective, Nikki Caughey drops out of the squad altogether more than likely to return to the Sevens programme.
Caughey’s absence does leave room for an all Donegal pairing at half back with Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton team up once again.
Ireland’s captain Niamh Briggs reverts to full back where she teams up with Liz Burke and Alison Miller in the back three.
There’s also plenty of juggling up front as Ruth Reilly and Zoe Grattage return to the front row alongside ever present Ailis Egan and in the second row Mags Reilly drops out for a rest with Ciara Cooney and Elaine Anthony forming an all new second row partnership, Sophie Spence benching.
Claire Molloy, and Paula Fitzpatrick form the basis of a strong back row alongside Ciara Griffin.
Orla Fitzsimons joins the squad for the first time this season, taking up a bench spot alongside the returning Fiona Hayes and Aine Donnelly.
In contrast Scotland make no changes to their squad from the team that lost to France. The visitors have yet to record a win though they have been much more competitive this season under the guidance of the wonderfully named Head Coach Shade Munro.
The FRU Predicts: It’s all going to remain messy in the Ireland Women’s squads until the repêchage for Sevens Olympic Qualification takes place in June, but I expect Ireland to finish off this series with a comfortable win against a developing Scotland.
|Niamh Briggs||15||Chloe Rollie|
|Liz Burke||14||Megan Gaffney|
|Claire McLaughlin||13||Lisa Thomson|
|Sene Naoupu||12||Lisa Martin|
|Alison Miller||11||Rhona Lloyd|
|Nora Stapleton||10||Sarah Law|
|Larissa Muldoon||9||Jenny Maxwell|
|Ruth O’Reilly||1||Heather Lockhart|
|Zoe Grattage||2||Lana Skeldon|
|Ailis Egan||3||Lindsey Smith|
|Elaine Anthony||4||Emma Wassell|
|Ciara Cooney||5||Deborah McCormack|
|Ciara Griffin||6||Jemma Forsyth|
|Claire Molloy||7||Karen Dunbar|
|Paula Fitzpatrick||8||Jade Konkel|
|Cliodhna Moloney||16||Sarah Quick|
|Fiona Hayes||17||Lisa Robertson|
|Fiona Reidy||18||Tracy Balmer|
|Orla Fitzsimons||19||Fiona Sim|
|Sophie Spence||20||Anna Stodter|
|Mary Healy||21||Helen Nelson|
|Aine Donnelly||22||Lauren Harris|
|Kim Flood||23||Eilidh Sinclair|