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Sunday 19 January 2020

Doyle's troops primed for welsh test

RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR

A WEEK on from their destruction of Italy, the Ireland Women's team return to Meath for a second attempt to play Wales after their opening match was called off due to frost last month, WRITES RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR.

Coach Philip Doyle has named an unchanged team for this one, after his side were far too strong for the Italians last weekend.

They face a big step up this afternoon against a Wales side who are on a similar level to them.

England proved far too strong for this afternoon's visitors last weekend, but that is par for the course, with the women in white the team to beat in the northern hemisphere game.

The Welsh hammered Scotland first time out and will be looking to get back to winning ways today. Both sides will be keen to close the gap on England and France ahead of that pair's meeting next week.

Ireland's display in trying conditions in Pau would appear to have given them something to prove, and they know the next two weeks are their best chances of winning ahead of a daunting finale against the English.

After last week's confidence boost, they should be good for a win, but this one is expected to be tight.

Ireland -- A Baxter (Belfast Harlequins); N Kavanagh (UL Bohs), N Briggs (UL Bohs), G Davitt (Cooke), A Miller (Portlaoise/Highfield); L Cantwell (Exiles), A Davis (Blackrock); F Coghlan (UL Bohs), G Bourke (UL Bohs), A Egan (Old Belvedere); S Spence (Exiles), ML O'Reilly (Old Belvedere); L Guest (Highfield), C Molloy (Bristol), J Neville (UL Bohs). Reps: P Fitzpatrick (St Mary's), R O'Reilly (Galwegians), S Fleming (Tralee), H O'Brien (Highfield), L Muldoon (Exile/UWIC), N Caughey (Belfast Harlequins), J Murphy (Exiles).

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