Ireland team named to face Italy in Women’s Six Nations
October 22, 2020 11:19 am Site Editor
Ireland head coach Adam Griggs has named the match day 23 to host Italy in the Women’s Six Nations at Energia Park on Saturday, October 24.
Leinster’s Katie O’Dwyer is in line for her international debut should she be introduced from the bench.
Dorothy Wall will make her first start for the Ireland Women’s 15s side, having been introduced as a replacement in all three of the competition’s earlier rounds. Joining her in the back row will be Claire Molloy, who will earn her 70th cap for her country and captain Ciara Griffin.
Lindsay Peat, Cliodhna Moloney and Linda Djougang all start in the front row for the fourth game in succession with Nichola Fryday and Ciara Cooney behind them in the second row.
Hannah Tyrell and Kathryn Dane form the half-back partnership with out-half Tyrell making her first start of the campaign.
Enya Breen and Sene Naoupu are the centres while Béibhinn Parsons, Lauren Delaney and Laura Sheehan all link up in the back three.
There’s potential for Ireland debuts off the bench on Saturday with uncapped forwards Neve Jones, O’Dwyer and Brittany Hogan all earning their place in the match day squad.
Leah Lyons and Hannah O’Connor will provide the remaining cover for the pack while Ailsa Hughes, Larissa Muldoon and Katie Fitzhenry will give Griggs further options in the backline.
Ireland (v Italy)
15. Lauren Delany (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby) 11 caps
14. Laura Sheehan (UL Bohemian/Munster) 3 caps
13. Enya Breen (UL Bohemian/Munster) 7 caps
12. Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 37 caps
11. Béibhinn Parsons (Blackrock College/Connacht) 7 caps
10. Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 16 caps
9. Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere/Ulster) 9 Caps
1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster) 30 caps
2. Cliodhna Moloney (Wasps/ IQ Rugby) 22 caps
3. Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 8 caps
4. Nichola Fryday (Blackrock College/Connacht) 14 caps
5. Ciara Cooney (Wasps /IQ Rugby) 21 caps
6. Dorothy Wall (Blackrock College/Munster) 3 caps
7. Claire Molloy (Wasps /IQ Rugby) 69 caps
8. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemian/Munster) 32 caps CAPTAIN
16. Neve Jones (Malone/Ulster)*
17. Katie O’Dwyer (Railway Union/Leinster)*
18. Leah Lyons (Harlequins/IQ Rugby) 24 caps
19. Brittany Hogan (Ballynahinch/Ulster)*
20. Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College/Leinster) 1 cap
21. Ailsa Hughes (Railway Union/Leinster) 11 caps
22. Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union/Leinster) 47 caps
23. Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock College/Leinster) 13 caps
* Denotes uncapped player at this level