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Fresh Ireland Team Named For Opening Six Nations Game Against Wales

Fresh Ireland Team Named For Opening Six Nations Game Against Wales
By PJ Browne

Greg McWilliams has named the Ireland team for this weekend's opening Six Nations game against Wales.

It is a fresh looking matchday squad with three players - Aoibheann Reilly, who starts at scrum-half, along with Christy Haney and Anna McGann on the bench - all set to win their first caps.

Stacey Flood and Eve Higgins will form a new-look centre partnership while Lucy Mulhall is set to win her second cap on the wing. Beibhinn Parsons, one of Ireland's star players in recent years, is named on the bench following a recent injury.

New captain Nichola Fryday will lead the team from the second row. Eimear Considine, who starts at fullback, is the most capped player in the 23.

15 September 2018; Aoibheann Reilly of Connacht during the U18 Girls Interprovincial Championship match against Leinster. She is set to make her Ireland debut against Wales in the Six Nations. Photo by Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

The game will be new head McWilliams's first match in charge.

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Ireland play Wales in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations at the RDS on Saturday. The game kicks off at 4:45pm, and will be shown live on Virgin Media One and BBC Two Northern Ireland.

Ireland team to play Wales in Six Nations

15. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)(23)
14. Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union RFC/Munster)(6)
13. Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)(6)
12. Stacey Flood (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)(7)
11. Lucy Mulhall (Wicklow RFC/Leinster)(1)
10. Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)(16)
9. Aoibheann Reilly (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht)*

1. Linda Djougang (ASM Romagnat Rugby/Leinster)(17)
2. Neve Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury/Ulster)(6)
3. Katie O’Dwyer (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)(5)
4. Nichola Fryday (Exeter Chiefs/Connacht)(22)(Captain)
5. Sam Monaghan (Wasps/IQ Rugby)(5)
6. Dorothy Wall (Blackrock College RFC/Munster)(10)
7. Edel McMahon (Wasps/IQ Rugby)(14)
8. Brittany Hogan (Old Belvedere RFC/Ulster)(7)

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Replacements:

16. Emma Hooban (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)(8)
17. Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)(2)
18. Christy Haney (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)*
19. Anna McGann (Railway Union RFC/Connacht)*
20. Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)(7)
21. Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere RFC/Ulster)(18)
22. Enya Breen (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)(9)
23. Beibhinn Parsons (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht)(15)

Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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