Monday 22 April 2019

Alison Miller returns to starting team as Ireland make three changes for Scotland clash

Ali Miller is back in the Irish starting team to face Scotland this Friday. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ali Miller is back in the Irish starting team to face Scotland this Friday. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland women's rugby head coach Adam Griggs has made three changes to his team to face Scotland in the Six Nations this Friday.

Ireland suffered a heavy 51-7 defeat to England in the opening game at Energia Park, but like the men's team, Griggs' side will be hoping to bounce back away to Scotland.

In the pack, Emma Hooban will start at hooker while Anna Caplice comes in at blindside flanker. In the backline there is one change, with Ali Miller starting on the wing.

Speaking ahead of the game, Adam Griggs said: "The game against England last week was undeniably a tough start to the Womens Six Nations and while the final score line was far from ideal, there are positives we will take from that game. Our set piece was solid throughout and we were able to challenge England at times during the game.

"We need to build on those positives now and make improvements in other areas of our game to become more consistent and force more pressure on our opponents. Scotland will bring new challenges and we know they are also hurting from a loss last weekend. They will come out strong in front of their home crowd and will want to start the game with intent. We need to weather that initial pressure and stay focused on our game and what we can bring, which I know the team are looking forward to."

Ireland

15. Lauren Delany (Firwood Waterloo/ IQ Rugby)

14. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemians/ Munster)

13. Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere/ Leinster)

12. Michelle Claffey (Blackrock/ Leinster)

11. Alison Miller (Old Belvedere/ Connacht) 

10. Nicole Fowley (Galwegians/ Connacht)

9. Ailsa Hughes (Railway Union/ Leinster)

1. Laura Feely (Galwegians/ Connacht)

2. Emma Hooban (St Mary’s College/ Leinster)

3. Leah Lyons (Harlequins)

4. Aoife McDermott (Railway Union/ Leinster)

5. Nichola Fryday (Galwegians/ Connacht)

6. Anna Caplice (Richmond)

7. Claire Molloy (Wasps)

8. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians/ Munster) Capt

Replacements:

16. Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird (UL Bohemian/ Munster)*

17. Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere/ Leinster)

18. Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemians/ Munster)

19. Claire Boles (Railway Union) *

20. Claire McLaughlin (Old Belvedere/ Ulster)

21. Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere/ Ulster)

22. Ellen Murphy (Old Belvedere/ Leinster)

23. Megan Williams (Old Belvedere/ Leinster)

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