Sport Rugby

Tuesday 12 December 2017

West seeks World Cup boost

AFTER last week's superb home victory over 2009 Triple Crown winners Wales, Ireland's women's team will be looking to round off their campaign with victory over Scotland.

Ireland are unbeaten in Ashbourne and coach Kevin West sees victory at the Meath venue as the ideal way to prepare for this summer's World Cup.

"We are fortunate to be playing at Ashbourne because it is a fantastic pitch, which helps us with our rugby and we have also received some brilliant support," he said.

"We have won against Italy and Wales there and we want to create a fortress feel about the place."

West has made three changes, with Gillian Bourke coming in at hooker, Sinead Ryan starting at openside flanker and Nora Stapleton on the left wing.

Ireland are currently third in the table behind England and France and, like the men's side, they need to beat Scotland and hope that champions-elect England overcome France by a big margin to stand a chance of making second.

Ireland -- N Briggs; A Davis, J O'Sullivan, G Davitt, N Stapleton; H Brosnan, T Rosser; F Coghlan, G Bourke, L Day; K O'Loughlin, ML Reilly; O Brennan, S Ryan, J Neville. Reps: C Fanning, L Austin, C Mahon, C Staunton, L Beamish, S Houston, E Downey.

Scotland -- N Halfpenny; C Hawthorn, L Millard, V Fitzpatrick, L Douglas; T Griffith, L Dalgliesh; H Lockhart, S Walker, G McCord; L Moffat, L Wheeler; L Reid, D Kennedy, S Brown. Reps: S Quick, B Dickens (Murrayfield Wanderers), N Macholla, R Slaven, S Gill, E Kerr, S Johnston.

Irish Independent

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