The Ireland Women’s team to play Kazakhstan in their final pool game of the Women’s Rugby World Cup on Saturday afternoon shows two changes to the side that beat the USA earlier this week.
Ireland head coach Philip Doyle has made two changes to the starting line-up from the 22-12 victory over the USA at Surrey Sports Park on Tuesday.
Scrum half Tania Rosser, who picked up a shoulder injury in that game, is replaced by the highly-experienced Louise Beamish.
The other change is also in the back-line as Cooke and Ulster’s Eliza Downey, making her first appearance in the tournament, comes on to the left wing in place of Nora Stapleton.
Carol Staunton, Jackie Shiels and Yvonne Nolan are included on the bench for this, the final Pool B encounter for the girls in greens.
Commenting on Saturday’s game, Philip Doyle said: “The scrum was under pressure against the Americans, but they are a strong and heavy pack and we’re not.
“We know Kazakhstan are similar and so we’ll have to have a look at that and work on our scrums and hope to improve.”
IRELAND WOMEN’S TEAM & REPLACEMENTS (v Kazakhstan Women, 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool B, Surrey Sports Park, Saturday, August 28, kick-off 4.30pm):
15 – Niamh Briggs (Clonmel/Munster)
14 – Amy Davis (Blackrock/Leinster)
13 – Joanne O’Sullivan (Richmond/Exile)
12 – Lynne Cantwell (UL Bohemians)
11 – Eliza Downey (Cooke/Ulster)
10 – Helen Brosnan (Highfield/Munster)
9 – Louise Beamish (UL Bohemian/Munster)
1 – Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster) (capt)
2 – Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster)
3 – Louise Austin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
4 – Kate O’Loughlin (Clonmel/Munster)
5 – Marie Louise Reilly (Navan/Leinster)
6 – Orla Brennan (Blackrock/Leinster)
7 – Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)
8 – Joy Neville (UL Bohemians/Munster)
16 – Yvonne Nolan (Blackrock/Leinster)
17 – Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster)
18 – Carol Staunton (Galwegians/Connacht)
19 – Sinead Ryan (Blackrock/Leinster)
20 – Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Leinster)
21 – Shannon Houston (Blackrock/Leinster)
22 – Mairead Kelly (UL Bohemians/Munster)
Ireland Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool B Results/Fixtures:
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