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Six Nations: Teams up for Scotland v Ireland

Ireland Women’s Head Coach Adam Griggs has made three changes to the starting line up for Friday nights game against Scotland Women at Scotstoun Stadium, kick off 19:30 with live coverage on BBC Sport and RTE.

Alison Miller replaces Megan Williams on the wing, Anna Caplice comes into the back row to replace Juliet Short and Emma Hooban starts at hooker replacing, in effect, Fiona Reidy.

Williams and Reidy drop to the bench and Short is replaced by Enniskillen native Claire Boles, who joins her Dublin based Ulster Rugby teammates Kathryn Dane and Claire McLaughlin on the bench. Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird comes into the squad as replacement hooker following her exploits last weekend with Ireland Women Sevens side in Australia.

It’s a game both sides need to win following disappointing performances against England and Italy last weekend. Both sides fell away dramatically in the second half of their respective games with Scotland losing 7 – 28 to a resurgent Italy and Ireland we’re well outmuscled by England who ran in eight tries to win 7 – 51.

Ireland have only lost once to Scotland in their twelve meeting in this fixture, however, that one defeat was last season at Donnybrook and the hosts will be aware that if they can match the Irish pack they will have a good chance of a win.

However, the return of Miller to Ireland’s wing increases their attacking strength substantially and, with Scotland missing the wonderful Jade Konkel up front, I suspect that Ireland should be too strong for their hosts.

SCOTLANDIRELAND
Chloe Rollie15Lauren Delany
Liz Musgrove14Eimear Considine
Hannah Smith13Sene Naoupu
Lisa Thomson12Michelle Claffey
Annabel Sergeant11Alison Miller
Helen Nelson10Nicole Fowley
Mhairi Grieve9Ailsa Hughes
Lisa Cockburn1Laura Feely
Lana Skeldon2Emma Hooban
Megan Kennedy3Leah Lyons
Emma Wassell4Aoife McDermott
Debs McCormack5Nichola Fryday
Rachel Malcolm6Anna Caplice
Rachel McLachlan7Claire Molloy
Sarah Bonar8Ciara Griffin
   
Jodie Rettie16Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird
Katie Dougan17Linda Djougang
Mairi Forsyth18Fiona Reidy
Sophie Anderson19Claire Boles
Nicola Howat20Claire McLaughlin
Sarah Law21Kathryn Dane
Lisa Martin22Ellen Murphy
Rhona Lloyd23Megan Williams

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