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Ireland's Alison Miller. Photo: PA

Ireland's Alison Miller. Photo: PA

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Ireland's Alison Miller. Photo: PA

Alison Miller will make her return to international rugby off the bench when Ireland take on England at Donnybrook on Friday evening.

The Connacht winger has been out of the Ireland picture since breaking her leg against Italy during last year's Six Nations. She made his return for Old Belvedere before Christmas and will add experience to Adam Griggs' match-day 23.

Ciara Griffin captains the team from No 8 and is joined by Juliet Short and Claire Molloy, with Harlequins' Leah Lyons leading the pack charge at hooker.

"There's no bigger challenge than to open the Six Nations against England," Griggs said as he showed his hand yesterday, "they are second in the world for a reason and are a very good side who challenge you in every part of the game."

"We had a good test against them in November and while we didn't get the result, we showed some of the standards and improvements that are required to compete at this level which was a huge positive for us.

"We have had good preparations leading into this Friday and are looking for a strong performance to get the championship started in front of what we hope will be an amazing crowd."

The New Zealander could hand debuts to Linda Djougang, Anne Marie O'Hora and Kathryn Dane off the bench.

IRELAND (v England) - L Delany (Firwood Waterloo); E Considine (UL Bohs), S Naoupu (Old Belvedere), M Claffey (Blackrock), M Williams (Old Belvedere); N Fowley (Galwegians), A Hughes (Railway Union); L Feely (Galwegian), L Lyons (Harlequins), F Reidy (UL Bohemians); A McDermott (Railway Union), N Fryday (Galwegians); J Short (Railway Union), Claire Molloy (Wasps), C Griffin (capt, UL Bohemians). Reps: E Hooban (St Mary's), L Djougang (Old Belvedere), AM O'Hora (Galwegians), A Caplice (Richmond), C McLaughlin (Old Belvedere), K Dane (Old Belvedere), E Murphy (Old Belvedere), A Miller (Old Belvedere).

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