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Six Nations. Teams up for Italy v Ireland

The teams have been announced for the Italy v Ireland Women’s Six Nations match. The match takes place at Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L’Aquila, on Sunday, February 12. Kick-off 13:00 UK/IRE. The match will be streamed live here Women’s Six Nations YouTube

Ireland have made four changes. Hannah Tyrrell and Elaine Anthony come into the starting line up and Ciara Cooney and Sophie Spence join the bench. Ulster’s duo, Claire McLaughlin and Ilse van Staden, remain on the bench. 

This will be a difficult game for the Irish side. Italy put on a good show, at home, against a strong Wales last week and they were unlucky to go down 8 – 20 at the final whistle. Wales also caused Ireland plenty of problems in their pre Women’s Six Nations run out so everything is pointing to a close match. 

Ireland were pretty lucky to come away with any points against Scotland last week, let alone the bonus. They will have to sharpen up their game considerably if they are going to make it two from two and the somewhat subdued back row will have to find a much higher standard. 

Limited front foot ball and a centre pairing that didn’t mesh caused frustrations. But it has to be admired that they battled through and found a worthwhile pass in the 81st minute. However, I don’t think they will be able to push their luck to such an extent this week!

Spence, certainly has the potential to add something from the bench. Personally, I’d like to see McLaughlin and Jenny Murphy get twenty minutes together. 

The FRU Predicts: Ireland’s back row and midfield need to get their act together. If they do Ireland should win, but it’ll be a close one. 

Manuela Furlan15Mairead Coyne
Michela Sillari14Hannah Tyrrell
Mariagrazia Cioffi13Jenny Murphy
Sofia Stefan12Sene Naoupu
Maria Magatti11Alison Miller
Beatrice Rigoni10Nora Stapleton
Sara Barattin9Ailsa Hughes
Elisa Cucchiella1Lindsay Peat
Melissa Bettoni2Leah Lyons
Lucia Gai3Ailis Egan
Flavia Severin4Elaine Anthony
Alice Trevisan5Marie Louise Reilly
Lucia Cammarano6Ciara Griffin
Isabellla Locatelli7Claire Molloy
Elisa Giordano8Paula Fitzpatrick
Marta Ferrari16Jennie Finlay
Gaia Giacomoli17Ilse van Staden
Michela Este18Ciara O’Connor
Elisa Pillotti19Ciara Cooney
Ilaria Arrighetti20Sophie Spence
Claudia Salvadego21Mary Healy
Silvia Fooli22Claire McLaughlin
Paola Zangirolami23Eimear Considine

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