Stapleton and Muldoon in Ireland squad to face Wales in Women's Six Nations in Cardiff

Peter Campbell


Peter Campbell

Stapleton and Muldoon in Ireland squad to face Wales in Women's Six Nations in Cardiff

Nora Stapleton . . . again at outhalf for Ireland v Wales

Donegal pair Nora Stapleton and Larissa Muldoon are again on international duty this weekend as Ireland face Wales in the fourth round of the Women's Six Nations Championship at the Cardiff Arms Park at 11.30 on Saturday.
Stapleton is once again selected at outhalf on a team that shows three personnel and one positional change to the side that defeated France 13-10 in Donnybrook in Round 3.
Larissa Muldoon is again among the reserves for the game.
Wingers Alison Miller and Hannah Tyrrell return to the side, having been involved with the Ireland Women's 7s in Las Vegas for the France game.
Centre Claire McLaughlin misses out, having sustained an ankle injury in training this weekend and her place at centre will be filled by Sene Naoupu, who was also involved at the USA 7s.
The final change to the squad sees Kim Flood move to full-back, having played on the wing in the France game.
The forwards are unchanged, with Lindsay Peat, Leah Lyons and Ailis Egan forming the front-row partnership for the fourth game in succession.
The second-row will see Old Belvedere duo Marie-Louise Reilly and Sophie Spence pack down together, and in the back-row, Number 8 and captain Paula Fitzpatrick is again joined by flankers Ciara Griffin and Claire Molloy.
Speaking ahead of the side departing for Cardiff, Tierney said;
"The squad has been developing nicely over the course of the Championship, and while it was great to get the win against France in the last game, we haven't dwelled on that and have firmly turned our attention to the challenge the Welsh will give us.
We are expecting Wales to be very much up for this game and there is set to be a big crowd in the Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.
With that in mind, it will be important that the players stay fully focused on their jobs and that we go out on Saturday ready to perform.
We'd also encourage any Ireland fans that are in town for the men's game on Friday evening and are still in Cardiff on Saturday to come to the game and give the team their support.”

Ireland Women v Wales, Saturday 11th March, 11.30am, BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff (Live on RTE from 11.15am)
1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union / Leinster)
2. Leah Lyons (Highfield / Munster)
3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
4. Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere / 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
9. Mary Healy (Galwegians / Connacht)
10. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
11. Alison Miller (Old Belvedere / Connacht)
12. Sene Naoupu (Aylesford Bulls)
13. Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
14. Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
15. Kim Flood (Railway Union / Leinster)

16. Ciara O Connor (Galwegians / Connacht)
17. Ilse Van Staden (Cooke / Ulster)
18. Ruth O'Reilly (Galwegians / Connacht)
19. Ciara Cooney (Railway Union / Leinster)
20. Nichola Fryday (Tullamore / Connacht)
21. Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union)
22. Nikki Caughey (Railway Union / Ulster)
23. Mairead Coyne (Galwegians / Connacht)

IRELAND Women's Six Nations Fixtures & Results
Friday 3rd February 2017
Scotland Women 15-22 Ireland Women, Broadwood Stadium, Glasgow

Sunday 12th February 2017
Italy Women 3-27 Ireland Women, Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L'Aquila

Sunday 26th February 2017
Ireland Women 13-10 France Women, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin

Saturday 11th March 2017
Wales Women v Ireland Women, 11.30am, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Friday 17th March 2017
Ireland Women v England Women, 8pm, Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin