The teams have been announced for Friday evening’s Six Nations Grand Slam decider between Ireland Women and England Women which takes place at Donnybrook on Friday 17th March, kick off 20:00.
Three Ulster players take part in this historic match with, Donegal’s finest, Larissa Muldoon starting at scrum half. Muldoon is joined in the squad by Cooke’s Ilse Van Staden as replacement loosehead and, Railway Union’s Nikki Caughey who starts as replacement out half/centre. Cooke’s Claire McLaughlin misses out due to ligament damage picked up against France.
Muldoon is the only change to the team that beat Wales last time out, with Mary Healy dropping to the bench. Personally I’d always start with Muldoon, particularly with the more physical matches (which this is sure to be), and bring Healy on when the teams start to tire. So I’d have to say this is pretty much my first choice Ireland side given the players available. However, they will all need to up their game if they are to come away with a win against a formidable English side.
England have cruised through the championship to date clocking up 182 points to Ireland’s 74 and the World Champions start as clear favourites. Ireland however do have a significant chance. England are missing their talented out half Katie Mclean and a significant number of the Irish pack have worked over this English pack before.
The visitors danger players lie in their talented back line, and in the wonderful Emily Scarratt in particular. The clash between Scarret and Jenny Murphy is probably worth the entrance fee alone. However if Ireland can keep this as a tight forward tussle they have a better than even chance with Sophie Spence, Paula Fitzpatrick and Claire Molloy still truly world class.
Oh I’m really looking forward to this.
The FRU Predicts. At the start of this series I had Ireland down to lose this one (as I did the last two games) and much as I’d like to put Ireland down for a win here I’m going to stick with England and hope that it’s as accurate as my last two! #COYGIG
|Kim Flood||15||Danielle Waterman|
|Hannah Tyrrell||14||Amy Wilson Hardy|
|Jenny Murphy||13||Emily Scarratt|
|Sene Naoupu||12||Amber Reed|
|Alison Miller||11||Kay Wilson|
|Nora Stapleton||10||Emily Scott|
|Larissa Muldoon||9||La Toya Mason|
|Lindsay Peat||1||Rochelle Clark|
|Leah Lyons||2||Amy Cokayne|
|Ailis Egan||3||Justine Lucas|
|Sophie Spence||4||Tamara Taylor|
|Marie Louise Reilly||5||Harriett Millar-Mills|
|Ciara Griffin||6||Alex Matthews|
|Claire Molloy||7||Marlie Packer|
|Paula Fitzpatrick||8||Sarah Hunter|
|Ciara O’Connor||16||Vicky Fleetwood|
|Ilse van Staden||17||Vickii Cornborough|
|Ruth O’Reilly||18||Laura Keates|
|Ciara Cooney||19||Poppy Cleall|
|Nichola Fryday||20||Izzy Noel-Smith|
|Mary Healy||21||Bianca Blackburn|
|Nikki Caughey||22||Rachael Burford|
|Mairead Coyne||23||Lydia Thompson|