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Two changes for Ireland

05th February 2014 15:28

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Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan poses with the Women s Six Nations trophy

Skipper: Fiona Coghlan

Ireland Women head coach Philip Doyle has made two changes to his starting line-up to take on Wales on Friday at Ashbourne.

Niamh Briggs is named at full-back and Larissa Muldoon comes in at scrum-half. The two players making way, Jackie Shiels and Amy Davis, are named among the replacements.

Hat-trick hero Sophie Spence will again line out alongside Marie Louise Reilly in the second-row and Ireland will be hoping that Lynne Cantwell and Alison Miller, who both scored a brace of tries against the Scots, can have a similar impact against the Welsh. Fiona Coghlan will captain the side and Ashleigh Baxter comes onto the bench in place of Orla Fitzsimons.

"The performance we put in against Scotland was coming for sometime but we are under no illusions as to the challenge the Welsh girls will present," said Doyle.

"There was only two points between the teams last year so this week we will require a further step up in performance from the group. "

Ireland Women: 15 Niamh Briggs, 14 Hannah Casey, 13 Lynne Cantwell, 12 Jenny Murphy, 11 Alison Miller, 10 Nora Stapleton, 9 Larissa Muldoon, 8 Heather O'Brien, 7 Claire Molloy, 6 Siobhan Fleming, 5 Marie-Louise Reilly, 4 Sophie Spence, 3 Ailis Egan, 2 Stacey-Lea Kennedy, 1 Fiona Coghlan (c).
Replacements: 16 Gill Bourke, 17 Fiona Hayes, 18 Kerrie-Ann Craddock, 19 Paula Fitzpatrick, 20 Amy Davis, 21 Ashleigh Baxter, 22 Grace Davitt, 23 Jackie Shiels.

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