Wednesday 17 January 2018

Casey makes debut as ireland start defence

Ireland Women's coach Philip Doyle
Ireland Women's coach Philip Doyle

Hannah Casey will make her international debut tomorrow when the Ireland women's team open the defence of their Six Nations title against Scotland in Ashbourne.

Saracens star Casey starts on the wing in a team which has a familiar look about it as coach Phillip Doyle relies heavily on the players who enjoyed Grand Slam glory last year.

The 74-times capped Fiona Coghlan captains the team from the front-row, while the long-serving Lynne Cantwell fills the outside-centre role and experienced Old Belvedere No 10 Nora Stapleton partners Amy Davis at half-back.

Niamh Briggs – one of the heroes of last year's history-making campaign – is on the bench as are the uncapped duo, Kerri-Ann Craddock (Saracens) and Orla Fitzsimons (St Mary's).

"We had a good win against the Scots last year – but we will need to put in a similar performance this time around to get a positive result," said Doyle.

"Hopefully we can deliver a strong performance."

Ireland (v Scotland) – J Shiels; H Casey, L Cantwell, J Murphy, A Miller; N Stapleton, A Davis; F Coughlan, S-Lea Kennedy, A Egan, S Spence, M-Louise Reilly, S Fleming, C Molloy, H O'Brien. Reps: G Bourke, F Hayes, K -Ann Craddock, O Fitzsimmons, P Fitzpatrick, L Muldoon, G Davitt, N Briggs.

Irish Independent

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