Sunday 19 November 2017

Ireland women not fussed by Aviva Stadium snub - Stapleton

Ireland out-half Nora Stapleton
Ireland out-half Nora Stapleton
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Nora Stapleton insists that the IRFU's decision not to stage either of Ireland's home Six Nations games at the Aviva Stadium doesn't bother her or her team-mates.

Ireland will play France and England in Ashbourne, and out-half Stapleton maintained that there may be other venues in the country that could promote women's rugby.

"We don't particularly mind where we play. The Aviva, while it is a great venue, you are only going to get a half stadium," she said.

"Ashbourne, you get amazing crowds out there. I'm not sure if the Aviva is necessarily somewhere we have to play.

"There are probably other venues where we could play but in the meantime, as players we just play the game. It is not something we give out about, or wonder about.

"It is just about playing the match. It is down to IRFU marketing and promoting and for them to look at that next year if they want to change it," she added.

Tom Tierney has made just one change to the side to play France tomorrow, with Katie Fitzhenry promoted from the bench to partner Jenny Murphy in midfield. Jackie Shiels drops to the bench.

"You're always thinking that they're huge because they haven't changed their team much.

"They're quick and aggressive in their line-speed both in defence and attack," Stapleton said ahead of the French challenge.

Ireland women (v France) - N Briggs; H Tyrrell, J Murphy, K Fitzhenry, A Miller; N Stapleton, L Muldoon; R O'Reilly, G Bourke, A Egan; S Spence, ML Reilly; P Fitzpatrick, C Molloy, H O'Brien. Reps: S Mimnagh, F Hayes, F O'Brien, O Fitzsimons, K Norris, R Rosser, J Shiels, S Naoupu.

Irish Independent

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