Women Six Nations. Teams up for Ireland v Italy

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The teams have been announced for the 2021 Women’s Six Nations 3rd place play off match between Ireland and Italy.

The match had originally been scheduled to be played in Parma, Italy but, with the Ireland players facing quarantine on their return, the Italian’s graciously agreed to switch the game to Donnybrook for a 12:00 kick off on Saturday 24th April.

The game has extra spice as the teams are due to complete in the Rugby Europe World Cup Qualifier, alongside Scotland and Spain, sometime this year, covid restrictions permitting.

In that regard, Italy, who have played impressive rugby against England and Scotland in Pool A of the Six Nations, look well down the road to qualification as opposed to Ireland who still seem unsure of what their best side is, as is evidenced by the selections.

Italy have named an unchanged squad from the one that dismantled Scotland last week whereas Ireland have made three changes to the starting line up with another . . .

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