The Ireland Women’s team to play France in Ashbourne RFC on Friday in the first home game of the RBS 6 Nations Championship (KO: 7.30pm) has been named…

There are no changes to the team that started the championship with a 26-5 win over Italy last Sunday.

Ireland coach Philip Doyle said: “We have a brand new squad this season and we capped a lot of new players last weekend. We have a very short turnaround time this week and we felt the need for continuity and to bed in the combinations.”

“The French are a big challenge and it will be a stern test for some of the new girls but we are looking forward to playing in Ashbourne as we have been getting great support there in recent seasons”

Ireland will again play their home games in Ashbourne RFC. They have attracted a big crowd to the games in recent seasons and are hoping to build on that this season.

IRELAND WOMEN:

15: Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster)
14: Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians/Munster)
13: Lynne Cantwell (Richmond/Exile)
12: Geraldine Rea (Highfield/Munster)
11: Mairead Kelly (UL Bohemians/Munster)
10: Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
9: Amy Davis (Blackrock/Leinster)

1: Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster) CAPTAIN
2: Gillian Bourke (Bristol/Munster)
3: Lauren Day (Waterloo/Ulster)
4: Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
5: Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster)
6: Carol Staunton (Galwegians/Connacht)
7: Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)
8: Joy Neville (UL Bohemians/Munster)

REPLACEMENTS:

16: Stacey Kennedy (City of Derry/Ulster)
17: Emer McManamly (Blackrock/Leinster)
18: Deirdre O’Brien (Blackrock/Leinster)

19: Heather O’Brien (Highfield/Munster)
20: Larissa Muldoon (UWIC/Exile)
21: Gill Nolan (St. Mary’s/Leinster)
22: Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Leinster)