West wields axe in bid to turn Irish fortunes
Published 27/02/2010 | 05:00
Hopes that Ireland can mark their 100th international with a win are slim against an English side who have won their first two matches against Wales and Italy with a combined scoreline of 72-0,
Coach Kevin West has wielded the axe after the 19-9 loss to France, making eight changes for the game in Esher, Surrey. Six players have been promoted from the bench, with Chris Fanning, Lauren Day, Kate O'Loughlin and Claire Molloy starting in the pack and Helen Brosnan and Nora Stapleton coming in behind the scrum.