6 Nations Femminile: Irlanda, ecco le 23 che sfideranno la Scozia

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Tom Tierney, head coach delll’Irlanda Femminile, ha scelto le 23 ragazze che venerdì sera (kick off 6.35pm) cominceranno il loro 6 Nations sfidando la Scozia al Broadwood Stadium di Cumbernauld.

Le “Girls in Green” saranno senza capitan Niamh Briggs, che sta continuando il recupero dall’infortunio e verrà rimpiazzata da Mairead Coyne (atleta della Railway Union RFC, uno dei club più antichi d’Irlanda) nel ruolo di estremo, con la numero 8 Paula Fitzpatrick che guiderà la squadra come capitano.

Ci sono cinque uncapped e di queste solo il mediano di mischia Ailsa Hughes è stata inserita nel XV titolare, mentre siedono in panchina le altre quattro, tra cui Eimear Considine, che ha già vestito la maglia della Nazionale – ma quella dell’Ireland Sevens.

The first game of the Six Nations is always a big challenge, as it’s very difficult to know what the opposition are going to throw at you,” ha detto Tierney al sito ufficiale dell’Irish Rugby.

“Scotland in front of their home crowd will be looking to give their fans something to get excited about, so it’s really important that we go into the game fully focused. There’s some new caps in the side for this Friday, and those players have performed really well in the camps that we’ve had over the previous number of weeks, so now it’s their chance to transfer what they’ve been doing in training into the international arena. It’s very exciting that all the matches in this year’s Championship will be broadcast live, so we hope everyone will tune in on Friday evening to watch the game.”

Irlanda Femminile

15. Mairead Coyne (Galwegians / Connacht)
14. Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians / Munster)
13. Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
12. Sene Naoupu (Aylesford Bulls)
11. Alison Miller (Old Belvedere / Connacht)
10. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
9. Ailsa Hughes – first cap (Railway Union / Leinster)*
1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union / Leinster)
2. Leah Lyons (Highfield / Munster)
3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
4. Orla Fitzsimons (St. Mary’s College / Leinster)
5. Marie-Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
6. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians / Munster)
7. Claire Molloy (Bristol / Connacht)
8. Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s College / Leinster) Captain

16. Jennie Finlay (Old Belvedere / Leinster)*
17. Ilse Van Staden (Cooke / Ulster)*
18. Ciara O Connor (Galwegians / Connacht)*
19. Elaine Anthony (Highfield / Munster)
20. Nichola Fryday (Tullamore / Connacht)
21. Mary Healy (Galwegians / Connacht)
22. Claire Mc Laughlin (Cooke / Ulster)
23. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemians / Munster)*

*denotes uncapped player

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