Monday 14 October 2019

First start for Nic A Bhaird as Breen handed debut

 

Munster hooker Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird is relishing the chance to start her first Six Nations game as she continues her transition from winger to hooker. (stock photo)
Munster hooker Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird is relishing the chance to start her first Six Nations game as she continues her transition from winger to hooker. (stock photo)
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Munster hooker Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird is relishing the chance to start her first Six Nations game as she continues her transition from winger to hooker.

There is also an international debut for Enya Breen for the visit of France to Donnybrook tomorrow evening (7.0) as Ireland look to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Italy.

"I'm not necessarily your normal front-row, in terms of size," Nic A Bhaird admitted.

"I've had to make up for it with other aspects of my game. I started on the wing and the first time I was involved with 15s I was in as a winger.

"I just had a gut feeling I wasn't going to make it there, especially with girls coming in from sevens at the time.

"So I moved to the front-row with Bohs first and I was playing in England with Harlequins for six or seven months, played front-row and back-row with them and decided I was happiest there.

The Cork native is hoping to stake her claim against a tough French pack.

"They're a bigger pack unit than we are, but we've shown in matches against big sides - England were definitely bigger than us by weight and we had very positive moments against them in the scrum."

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Ireland Women (to play France tomorrow) - L Delany; E Considine, E Breen, S Naoupu, A Miller; N Fowley, K Dane; L Feely, D Nic A Bhaird, F Reidy; N Fryday, J Short; C Griffin, C Molloy, C McLaughlin. Reps: E Hooban, L Peat, L Djougang, A Caplice, C Boles, N Cronin, E Murphy, M Williams.

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