Monday 26 February 2018

Ireland Sevens stars return for crucial Wales clash after Las Vegas trip

27 November 2016; Sene Naoupu of Ireland during the Women's Autumn International match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Belfield Bowl in UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
27 November 2016; Sene Naoupu of Ireland during the Women's Autumn International match between Ireland and New Zealand at the Belfield Bowl in UCD, Belfield, Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A trio of Irish women's rugby stars who missed the Six Nations win over France due to Sevens commitments have returned to the starting line-up for Saturday's game against Wales.

Wings Alison Miller and Hannah Tyrrell along with centre Sene Naoupu all competed for Ireland in the Las Vegas leg of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, which ruled them out of the crunch Six Nations fixture two weeks ago.

Tom Tierney's side won regardless to keep their Grand Slam hopes alive, and will travel to Wales for this weekend's game buoyed by the inclusion of three of their top players.

There is also one positional switch in the team, with Kim Flood moving to fullback from the wing.

Here is the full team that will take on Wales on Saturday March 11 at 11.30am:

 

15. Kim Flood (Railway Union/Leinster)

14. Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

13. Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

12. Sene Naoupu (Aylesford Bulls)

11. Alison Miller (Old Belvedere/Connacht)

10. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

9. Mary Healy (Galwegians/Connacht)

1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster)

2. Leah Lyons (Highfield/Munster)

3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

4. Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

5. Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

6. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians/Munster)

7. Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)

8. Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary's/Leinster) (capt)

 

Replacements:

16. Ciara O'Connor (Galwegians/Connacht)

17. Ilse van Staden (Cooke/Ulster)

18. Ruth O'Reilly (Galwegians/Connacht)

19. Ciara Cooney (Railway Union/Leinster)

20. Nichola Fryday (Tullamore/Connacht)

21. Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union)

22. Nikki Caughey (Railway Union/Ulster)

23. Mairead Coyne (Galwegians/Connacht)

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