Saturday 25 November 2017

Tierney braced for tough test against champions

Ireland women’s coach Tom Tierney has largely shown faith in the side who lost 10-5 to France last time out as they welcome England to Ashbourne tomorrow evening.
Ireland women’s coach Tom Tierney has largely shown faith in the side who lost 10-5 to France last time out as they welcome England to Ashbourne tomorrow evening.
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Ireland women's coach Tom Tierney has largely shown faith in the side who lost 10-5 to France last time out as they welcome England to Ashbourne tomorrow evening.

Winger Hannah Tyrrell comes back into the side having completed the return to play protocols, and makes up the back three with Alison Miller and captain Niamh Briggs.

Ireland are seeking to avenge last year's World Cup semi-final defeat and Tierney knows his side face a tough test against the champions.

"England are a formidable opposition, they are the world champions and we are under no illusions about the strength of this side," the former Ireland and Munster scrum-half said.

"Training has gone well and we're looking forward to playing back in front of a home crowd."

FIASCO

Ireland return to Ashbourne - the scene of the floodlight failure fiasco against France - and with the world champions arriving at the Meath venue, the hope is that the players won't be faced with a similar frustrating situation.

England are much changed since the last-four meeting at the World Cup and like Ireland have a new coach.

The Ireland pack remains unchanged, which means that Ruth O'Reilly, Gillian Bourke and Ailis Egan continue in the front-row.

Egan was a try scorer against France and will be hoping to pick up where she left off, while Heather O'Brien will offer plenty of experience from the tail of the scrum.

"It was a disappointing loss against France, but there were some positives to take out of it. We have dusted ourselves off and are ready for the next challenge," Tierney added.

Ireland Women (v England) - N Briggs (c); H Tyrrell, J Murphy, K Fitzhenry, A Miller; N Stapleton, L Muldoon; R O'Reilly, G Bourke, A Egan; S Spence, M L Reilly; P Fitzpatrick, C Molloy, H O'Brien. Reps: S Mimnagh, F Hayes, F O'Brien, O Fitzsimons, K Norris, T Rosser, J Shiels, S Naoupu.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport