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Claire Keohane and Cliodhna Moloney likely to start Welsh clash with Murphy and Considine doubtful

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Claire Keohane playing Sevens Rugby for Ireland v South Africa. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Claire Keohane playing Sevens Rugby for Ireland v South Africa. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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Claire Keohane playing Sevens Rugby for Ireland v South Africa. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Claire Keohane could well come in for her first start for Ireland against Wales in the Womens Six Nations at Energia Park on Sunday (K01.0, RTE2).

The out-half made her debut as a second-half replacement for Ellen Murphy against Scotland last Sunday.

Now, it looks like Murphy will not recover from a calf strain, opening the door for Keohane to take the controls

There is good news about hooker Cliodhna Moloney, who was removed with a head knock against Scotland.

She has come through the return-to-play protocols and is expected to stay in the middle of the front row.

"Cliodhna has passed all her HIAs to this point," said attack coach Kieran Hallett.Keohane likely to start

"As long as she continues on that path, she'll come back into the mix as well which is obviously good news for us."

This could come one round too soon for Eimear Considine as the talented outside back bids to get the better of a knock picked up two weeks ago.

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