The Ireland Women's squad for the forthcoming IRB Women's Rugby World Cup in France has been named. Philip Doyle's charges are in Pool B alongside USA, New Zealand and Kazakhstan.
The selected Ireland Women's squad will be captained by prop Fiona Coghlan and contains an even split of 13 forwards and 13 backs.
The 26-strong panel contains just one new cap with Sharon Lynch, a Division 1 winner with Old Belvedere this year, named in the forwards.
Scrum half Amy Davis, a regular in the squad during the Six Nations, has been ruled out through injury which means a recall for the experienced Tania Rosser who played at the 2010 World Cup in England.
Commenting on the selection, head coach Philip Doyle said: "We have just come off the back of three weekends of intensive training and unfortunately we had to cut the squad to just 26 players which has been difficult. Everybody applied themselves brilliantly and I would like to congratulate all for their involvement.
"Women's rugby is at an all-time high in Ireland and with that comes great expectation. We are well placed for the tournament and are all looking forward to heading to France and getting started."
Ireland open their campaign on Friday, August 1 with a tough encounter against the USA whom they played twice at the 2010 tournament in England.
TG4 have confirmed they are to broadcast Ireland's pool games live as well as both semi-finals and finals. Ireland's clash New Zealand will also be televised live on Sky Sports 1.
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne and Ireland Women's out-half and IRFU Women's & Girls Rugby Development Executive Nora Stapleton talk about the Irish bid to host the next Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017.
Looking forward to facing England on Sunday, Ireland winger Tommy Bowe said: "We've trained very well this week, we're really excited about the game. It's about going out there and doing whatever we can to get ourselves that win."
Second row Devin Toner previews Ireland's crunch RBS 6 Nations clash with England, saying: "It's a pretty formidable English pack. Attwood and Kruis have played fantastically well. They're well drilled and focused and their scrum and lineout are very good."
Looking forward to facing England this weekend, Ireland back rower Sean O'Brien said: "It's obviously exciting, but it's one game at a time. I don't think there's any more pressure on us than in the first two games. That's the way you have to look at it."
Irish Rugby TV sat down with Ireland Under-20 scrum coach John Fogarty to talk about the U-20 Six Nations so far and Friday's clash with England at Donnybrook. Tickets are on sale on www.ticketmaster.ie.
Ireland Under-20 captain Nick McCarthy and fellow back Billy Dardis spoke to Irish Rugby TV about Friday's U-20 Six Nations showdown with England at Donnybrook. Tickets available on www.ticketmaster.ie.
Shane Byrne and Malcolm O'Kelly preview the Ireland v England Legends match which takes place at Donnybrook this coming Saturday (kick-off 7.30pm). Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie. All proceeds from the game will go to support the IRFU Charitable Trust and the RFU All Schools Charity.
Watch highlights from the Ireland team announcement press conference as Joe Schmidt reveals the team to play France. Peter O'Mahony says it is good to 'have some big figures back' for Saturday's clash.