4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
But Paddy Power Bookmakers, the IRFU's official betting partner, have chalked it up as a very winnable game for the hosts. Ireland are fancied to prevail and are rated a 1/66 chance to win the game.
Declan Kidney has used the chance to give some emerging talent more experience of international rugby, but with places up for grabs we can expect these relative newcomers to give everything in pursuit of a victory and establishing themselves as future starters. It's an exciting and highly capable fifteen that will face the Samoans.
With that in mind, the handicap offers value with Ireland -23 points available at 10/11. Paddy Power's alternative handicaps give the punter the power to choose the handicap they prefer.
After inspiring a late comeback against the Springboks, Ronan O'Gara and Peter Stringer start against Samoa and if they start this game in the manner they finished the last, the Ireland -35 points @ 5/2 option has some appeal.
Although the two sides have seldom crossed paths, there is one noticeable trend to the games - the points tend to flow.
In their four meetings to date, on average they've put a total of 58 points on the board and that's worth bearing in mind for our total match points market.