Tierney hands debit to Fowley
Nicole Fowley of Galwegians will win her first cap as she partners Sene Naoupu in the centre when Ireland's women face England at the Belfield Bowl on Sunday.
Forwards Leah Lyons (Highfield) and Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemians) will also be hoping to win their first caps having yesterday been named on the bench by head coach Tom Tierney for what will be the first of three November Series games with Canada on November 19 and New Zealand on November 27 to follow.
Tierney is without some of his more experienced players this weekend including captain Niamh Briggs who continues to rehab an injured hamstring she picked up in a recent club game.
In the front-row, loosehead prop Lindsay Peat will make her first start for Ireland, winning her fifth cap in the process and she will be joined by Railway Union team-mate Cliodhna Moloney at hooker and old Belvedere's Ailis Egan at tight-head.
"The Women's Rugby World Cup is now less than nine months away, and while there a lot of rugby to be played between now and then, the players are very eager to run out," said Tierney.