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Six Nations: Teams up for Grand Slam decider.

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.

Marie Louise Reilly, Ireland Women, Grand Slam Decider
Marie Louise Reilly to control the line out on her 50th cap.

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

IRELANDENGLAND
Kim Flood 15Danielle Waterman
Hannah Tyrrell 14Amy Wilson Hardy
Jenny Murphy13 Emily Scarratt
Sene Naoupu12 Amber Reed
Alison Miller11 Kay Wilson
Nora Stapleton10 Emily Scott
Larissa MuldoonLa Toya Mason
Lindsay PeatRochelle Clark
Leah LyonsAmy Cokayne
Ailis EganJustine Lucas
Sophie SpenceTamara Taylor
Marie Louise ReillyHarriett Millar-Mills
Ciara GriffinAlex Matthews
Claire MolloyMarlie Packer
Paula FitzpatrickSarah Hunter
   
Ciara O’Connor16 Vicky Fleetwood
Ilse van Staden17 Vickii Cornborough
Ruth O’Reilly18 Laura Keates
Ciara Cooney19 Poppy Cleall
Nichola Fryday20 Izzy Noel-Smith
Mary Healy21 Bianca Blackburn
Nikki Caughey22 Rachael Burford
Mairead Coyne23 Lydia Thompson

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