Ireland go in search of the Triple Crown when they take on England at Twickenham in the RBS Six Nations on Saturday night, kick-off 6:20pm.
Philip Doyle’s side won the Grand Slam last year, a triumph that was certainly abetted by their first ever win of England, when Allison Miller scored a hat-trick of tries in a 25-0 win in Ashbourne, Co Meath.
This year, Ireland have made a commendable start to their defence.
They started with a record 59-0 win over Scotland in Ashbourne before coming through 14-6 against Wales at the same venue.
Donegal will be well represented with Cappry’s Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton from Fahan in the half-back positions, while replacement full-back Jackie Shiels from Navan, Co Meath, is the daughter of Sarah McGinty and the niece of Charley McGinty, Townawilly, outside Donegal Town.
Muldoon, the scrum-half, was a replacement against Scotland but reclaimed the number nine jersey against Scotland.
The 22-year-old lives in Cardiff and plays for Bristol and the Exile
Stapleton plays her rugby with Belvedere in Dublin and also lines out for Leinster.
Shiels resides in Twickenham and plays her club rugby with Richmond and has also represented Ireland in soccer and the only ever Ladies International Rules game, which was played in 2006.
England enjoyed a facile 63-0 win in Scotland last time out but went down 18-6 to France in their opening fixture.
RTÉ have agreed to show live coverage of the match, which takes place immediately after the men’s Six Nations clash with England.
The programme will start at 6:15pm.