01/03/02.Ireland women’s coach Donal O’Leary has been forced to make a late change to his team for Sunday’s Six Nations match against Scotland at Thomond Park.
Leinster’s English-based loose forward, Bridget Montgomery of Ripon, has had to withdraw, having failed to recover from the knee injury sustained during last Sunday’s squad session in Dublin.
She is replaced by Ulster captain Rachel Reid, who returns to the team to win her 12th consecutive cap in the No 6 jersey.
IRELAND (v Scotland, Thomond Park, March 2): SJ Belton (UL Bohs); S Fleming (Cooke, capt), P Kelly (UL Bohs), R Boyd (Cooke), L Cantwell (UL Bohs); N
Milne (Worcester), K Eagleson (Cooke); M Coulter (Blackrock), E Collins (UL Bohs), E Coen (Highfield), M Quirke (UL Bohs), A-M McAllister (Blackrock), R Reid (Cooke), M O’Loughlin (UL Bohs), F Steed (Shannon).
Replacements: J Sparkes (Blackrock), F Neary (Waterloo), R Howell (UL Bohs); E Wessell (Richmond), J Lonergan, R Foley (both Shannon).