Donegal women back for Ireland game v New Zealand


Peter Campbell


Peter Campbell

Donegal women back for Ireland game v New Zealand

Irish scrum half Larissa Muldoon

Nora Stapleton and Larissa Muldoon are back in the pivotal positions against the New Zealand Black Ferns in their final game of the November Series this Sunday in the UCD Bowl at 2pm.
In all there are ten personnel changes and one positional switch to the starting side that were defeated by Canada last Saturday.
Stapleton and Muldoon will again be in the pivotal outhalf and scrumhalf positions.
Sligo native Nicole Fowley, a daughter of former Leitrim senior footballer Pauric from Dromahair and Margaret (nee Clancy) from Glenade, keeps her place in a team in the Centre.
Niamh Briggs has recovered from the injury that has seen her side-lined for the past two weeks and will captain the side from full-back.
Briggs' return sees Mairead Coyne, who started the games against England and Canada at full-back switch to the wing. Ulster's Claire McLaughlin will play on the opposite wing .
Up front, the same eight that started against England two weeks ago return, with Lindsay Peat, Cliodhna Moloney and Ailis Egan forming the front row, while behind them, Marie-Louise Reilly and Orla Fitzsimons resume their second-row partnership. Claire Molloy, Ciara Griffin and Paula Fitzpatrick make up the back-row.

Speaking on the confirmation of the side, Tom Tierney said;
"Last weekend's test against Canada was an important learning-experience for the side. Canada showed why they are one of the top ranked teams in the World and our players will learn a lot from taking on opposition of that standard.
With that in mind, we welcome New Zealand to UCD on Sunday as they come off the back of a win over Canada in Donnybrook yesterday, securing their status as number one ranked team in the World.
As we continue to develop over the November Series, we will again have some new combinations to look at on Sunday.
We've seen how New Zealand played over the last two weeks in their games against England and Canada so we are aware of the challenge that they will present us in UCD.”
The game will be streamed live via the Irish Rugby YouTube Channel ( & on Facebook Live (

Ireland Women v New Zealand, 2pm, Sunday 27th November 2016, UCD Bowl
15. Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians / Munster) Captain
14. Mairead Coyne (Galwegians / Connacht)
13. Nicole Fowley (Galwegians / Connacht)
12. Sene Naoupu (Aylesford Bulls)
11. Claire McLaughlin (Cooke / Ulster)
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. Maire-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)

16. Leah Lyons (Highfield / Munster)
17. Fiona Hayes (UL Bohemians / Munster)
18. Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemians / Munster)
19. Nichola Fryday (Tullamore / Connacht)
20. Ciara Cooney (Railway Union / Leinster)
21. Mary Healy (Galwegians / Connacht)
22. Jackie Shiels (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
23. Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians / Munster)

Women's November Series Fixtures / Results:
Sunday, November 13:
Ireland Women 10 - 12 England Women, UCD Bowl

Saturday, November 19:
Ireland Women 7 - 28 Canada Women, UCD Bowl

Wednesday, November 23:
Canada Women 10 - 20 New Zealand Black Ferns, Donnybrook

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