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The confidence of coach Philip Doyle is reflected in his decision to make 10 changes to his side for the third and final challenge in Pool B of the Women's World Cup.

The Irish smashed through all psychological and physical barriers to stand on the brink of making history for the second time in the space of five days.

"Tuesday's win against New Zealand was fantastic and really showed what this team can do," said Doyle.


"Kazakhstan are a hugely physical 
side and we are not underestimating them, they will not be overcome easily."

The truth is Kazakhstan have 
taken water on board from two heavy defeats to New Zealand (79-5) and USA (47-7).

The Irish forward eight has been the foundation of everything positive to this point, Doyle giving time out to many of his front-liners with others eager to impress.

There may just be a question over how Ireland will work without the metronomic kicking, from the ground and out of hand, by their first choice full-back Niamh Briggs.

The personnel has changed dramatically. So too has the standard of enemy.

Ireland should be good enough to make their first ever semi-final at 
Stade Jean Bouin on Wednesday.

Ireland: J Shiels (Richmond); V McGinn (Leinster); 
L Cantwell (Richmond, Capt), G Davitt (Ulster), 
H Casey (Saracens); T Rosser (Leinster), L Muldoon (Bristol); F Hayes (Munster), G Bourke (Munster), 
K-A Craddock (Saracens), L Guest (Munster), 
O Fitzsimons (Leinster), S Lynch (Leinster), S Fleming (Munster), P Fitzpatrick (Leinster).