Donegal duo reunited as Ireland welcome Wales in RBS Women’s Six Nations

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Donegal duo reunited as Ireland welcome Wales in RBS Women’s Six Nations
Ireland continue their RBS Women’s Six Nations championship when Wales come to Ashbourne, Co Meath, this Friday, kick-off 7:30pm.

Ireland continue their RBS Women’s Six Nations championship when Wales come to Ashbourne, Co Meath, this Friday, kick-off 7:30pm.

Having won the Grand Slam last year, Ireland made the best possible start to their championship defence when they hammered Scotland 59-0 to clinch their biggest ever victory in international rugby.

Alison Miller, Heather O’Brien and Lynne Cantwell all grabbed a brace of tries, while Ailis Egan, Stacey-Lea Kennedy and Claire Molloy also touched down. Stapleton and Jenny Murphy posted a conversion each - a disappointing stat considering Ireland scored 11 tries and were 32-0 up at half-time.

Fahan native Nora Stapleton and Larissa Muldoon from Cappry provide the Donegal interest for the national team.

Stapleton plays her rugby with Belvedere in Dublin and also lines out for Leinster.

She will start at out-half again, while Muldoon has the chance to add to the 18 minutes she picked up last weekend in Meath when she came on as replacement scrum-half.

The 22-year-old lives in Cardiff and plays for Bristol and the Exiles and has reclaimed the number nine shirt against a Wales team that went down 12-11 to Italy last weekend at Talbot.

France, who defeated England 18-6 in Pau, welcome Italy on Saturday as Scotland take on England in Rubislaw.

Ireland v Wales will be streamed live on www.rte.ie