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Ireland Women’s Team To Play France

Ireland Women’s Team To Play France

The Ireland Women’s team to play France in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 3rd/4th place play-off on Sunday (kick-off 4.30pm local time/3.30pm Irish time) has been named.

There are two changes to the side that lost out to England in last Wednesday’s semi-final, one in the back-line and the other up front.

Jenny Murphy, who makes her first start of the tournament, is named at inside centre with Grace Davitt moving to outside centre. Concussion has ruled out Lynne Cantwell, Ireland’s most-capped player.
In the back row, Siobhan Fleming (pictured below) comes in at blindside flanker and Paula Fitzpatrick moves to number 8 in place of the benched Heather O’Brien.

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Philip Doyle, who is stepping down as head coach after the game, said: “It has been a fantastic World Cup for Women’s rugby in Ireland and ideally we will finish it off with a winning performance.”

Sunday’s play-off clash with ‘les Bleues’, which kicks off at 3.30pm Irish time, will be broadcast live on TG4.

IRELAND WOMEN’S Team & Replacements (v France, IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 3rd/4th Place Play-Off, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France, Sunday, August 17, kick-off 4.30pm local time/3.30pm Irish time):

15. Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster)
14. Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)
13. Grace Davitt (Cooke/Ulster)
12. Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
11. Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Connacht)
10. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
9. Tania Rosser (Blackrock/Leinster)
1. Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians/Leinster) (capt)
2. Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians/Munster)
3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
4. Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
5. Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
6. Siobhan Fleming (Tralee/Munster)
7. Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht)
8. Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)  

16. Sharon Lynch (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
17. Kerrie-Ann Craddock (Saracens/Exile)
18. Heather O’Brien (Highfield/Munster)
19. Laura Guest (Highfield/Munster)
20. Larissa Muldoon (Bristol/Exile)
21. Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Exile)
22. Hannah Casey (Saracens/Exile)




Friday, August 1: IRELAND 23 USA 17, Marcoussis pitch 3

Tuesday, August 5: New Zealand 14 IRELAND 17, Marcoussis pitch 1

Saturday, August 9: IRELAND 40 Kazakhstan 5, Marcoussis pitch 3


Wednesday, August 13: IRELAND 7 England 40, Stade Jean Bouin


Sunday, August 17: IRELAND v France, Stade Jean Bouin, kick-off 4.30pm local time/3.30pm Irish time