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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Doyle wary of Welsh reaction

Wales v Ireland

Women's Six Nations, Pandy Pk, tom, 2.30

Like their male counterparts, Ireland's women's team visit Wales with a lingering regret over a narrow defeat to France.

Tomorrow's clash with Wales could also be the defining point of their Six Nations campaign, given their last match is against World Cup finalists England, who are chasing another Grand Slam.

Philip Doyle's charges have reason to be pleased. Strong displays in all three matches have put them in a decent position, despite losing a number of key players after last year's World Cup and that they are undergoing a rebuilding operation.

Doyle makes three changes to the team that beat Scotland a fortnight ago, with Lauren Day, Carol Staunton and Laura Guest returning to the pack.

Wales were stunned in Italy two weeks ago and Ireland can expect a reaction. Centres Geraldine Rea and Lynne Cantwell were the main attacking weapon against the Scots and they will be key to victory in Gwent tomorrow.

Verdict: Ireland

IRELAND -- N Briggs (UL Bohemian); N Kavanagh (UL Bohemian), L Cantwell (Richmond), G Rea (Highfield), M Kelly (UL Bohemian); N Stapleton (Old Belvedere), A Davis (Blackrock); F Coghlan (capt, UL Bohemian), G Bourke (Bristol), L Day (Waterloo); L Guest (Highfield), ML O'Reilly (Old Belvedere;, C Staunton (Galwegians), C Molloy (Bristol), J Neville (UL Bohemian). Reps: S Kennedy (City of Derry), A Egan (Old Belvedere), D O'Brien (Blackrock), H O'Brien (Highfield), L Muldoon (UWIC), G Nolan (St Mary's), J Shiels (Richmond).

Irish Independent

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