One change to Ireland’s women for France game

Ireland women head coach Tom Tiernan has made one change to Ireland’s starting XV for Friday’s RBS Six Nations match against France in Ashbourne.

One change to Ireland’s women for France game

The Ireland team last weekend before the Italy game.

Ireland women head coach Tom Tiernan has made one change to Ireland’s starting XV for Friday’s RBS Six Nations match against France in Ashbourne.

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The only change sees Katie Fitzhenry start at inside centre instead of Jackie Shiels, who is named among the replacements.

Tiernan said the team are looking forward to the first home game of the season.

"Playing at home is a great plus for us,” he said. Hopefully we will have a big Ashbourne crowd to make it a good atmosphere to help give those home supporters a good performance and a win.”

"It was great to get the result last week and there was some good things we can take out of the Italy clash. This week sees another step up for the players in terms of opposition.”

Ireland v France is in Ashbourne RFC, Meath on Friday February 13 - kick-off 7.30pm.

Ireland team in full: 15 – Niamh Briggs -Capt, 14 – Hannah Tyrrell, 13 – Jenny Murphy, 12 – Katie Fitzhenry, 11 – Alison Miller, 10 – Nora Stapleton, 9 – Larissa Muldoon, 1 – Ruth O'Reilly, 2 – Gillian Bourke, 3 – Ailis Egan, 4 – Sophie Spence, 5 –Marie Louise Reilly, 6 – Paula Fitzpatrick, 7 – Claire Molloy , 8 – Heather O'Brien.

Replacements: 16 – Sarah Mimnagh 17 – Fiona Hayes 18 – Fiona O'Brien 19 – Orla Fitzsimons 20 – Katie Norris 21 – Tania Rosser 22 – Jackie Shiels 23 – Sene Naoupu.

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