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Briggs returns to Ireland team to face Wales


Niamh Briggs

Niamh Briggs

Niamh Briggs

Ireland Women Head Coach Philip Doyle has made two changes to the side that demolished Scotland at Ashbourne last Friday night for the forthcoming clash against Wales.

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,” head coach Philip Doyle commented,

“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. “

The Ireland Women's team will play their first ever fixture at the Aviva Stadium when Italy come to play on Saturday 8th March.  This game will kick-off approximately 40minutes after Ireland's RBS 6 Nations clash against the Azzuri has concluded. 

Ireland team to play Wales: Niamh Briggs; Hannah Casey, Lynne Cantwell, Jenny Murphy, Alison Miller, Nora Stapleton, Larissa Muldoon; Heather O' Brien, Claire Molloy, Siobhan Fleming, Marie –Louise Reilly, . Sophie Spence, Ailis Egan, Stacey-Lea Kennedy, Fiona Coghlan.

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