Saturday 17 March 2018

Stapleton returns for Twickenham test

Nora Stapleton (SPORTSFILE)
Nora Stapleton (SPORTSFILE)

Tom Tierney has selected Nora Stapleton at out-half in the Ireland Women's team to face England at Twickenham tomorrow (7.15pm).

Ireland will be looking to recover after defeat to France last time out and head coach Tierney has made some changes in personnel.

In the pack, Ciara Griffin, who won her second cap against the French, is handed her first Six Nations start at flanker.

This change sees Paula Fitzpatrick shift to No 8 and Heather O'Brien move to the replacements.

In the backs, there is a straight swap at out-half where the experienced Stapleton comes in for Nikki Caughey.

Prop Fiona Hayes, who was last involved in Ireland's final game of the 2015 Six Nations, comes onto the replacements' bench. And Tierney is looking forward to the challenge.

"We made too many unforced errors in Perpignan, so if we can rectify that I think we have got a very good chance on Saturday," he said.

Ireland Women (v England Women) - N Briggs (capt); E O'Byrne-White, A Donnelly, S Naoupu, M Coyne; N Stapleton, L Muldoon; R O'Reilly, C Moloney, A Egan; S Spence, M-L Reilly; C Griffin, C Molloy, P Fitzpatrick.

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