Donegal's Muldoon and Stapleton lead Ireland against England

WOMEN'S RUGBY NOVEMBER SERIES

Peter Campbell

Reporter:

Peter Campbell

Donegal's Muldoon and Stapleton lead Ireland against England

Larissa Muldoon - scrum half for Ireland against England

Donegal's Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton will be the half-back partnership as Ireland take on England in the first of the November Women's Rugby Series at the UCD Bowl tomorrow (Sunday, kick-off 2 p.m.)
It is an important year for Irish Rugby as the country hosts the Women's World Cup next Augusts.
Muldoon is scrum half for Ireland while Stapleton fills the influential outhalf position. There is plenty of other Donegal interest with Jackie Shiels and Katie Norris listed among the replacements.
Irish manager, Tom Tierney is without some of his more experienced players this weekend due to injuries. Captain Niamh Briggs is one of those sidelined as she continues to rehab a hamstring injury she picked up in a recent club game, however he has named an exciting squad with one new cap in the starting line-up, and two more new caps on the bench.


IRISH TEAM
15. Mairead Coyne (Galwegians/Connacht)
14. Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians/Munster)
13. Nicole Fowley (Galwegians/Connacht) *
12. Sene Naoupu (Aylesford Bulls)
11. Alison Miller (Old Belvedere/Connacht)
10. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
9. Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union)
1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster)
2. Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union/Leinster)
3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
4. Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
5. Orla Fitzsimons (St. Mary's/Leinster)
6. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
7. Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)
8. Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary's/Leinster) (capt)

Replacements:
16. Leah Lyons (Highfield/Munster) *
17. Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians/Munster)
18. Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemians/Munster)
19. Katie Norris (Blackrock/Leinster)
20. Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemians/Munster) *
21. Mary Healy (Galwegians/Connacht)
22. Nikki Caughey (Railway Union/Ulster)
23. Jackie Shiels (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

The other fixtures in the November Series are
Saturday, November 19:
Ireland Women v Canada Women, UCD Bowl, 2pm

Wednesday, November 23:
Canada Women v New Zealand Women, Donnybrook, 1pm

Sunday, November 27:
Ireland Women v New Zealand Women, UCD Bowl, 2pm