UK news Kathryn Dane gets call to start in Ireland's Six Nations opener as Neve Jones and Brittany Hogan settle for bench spots last news
MetiNews.Com - Ulster scrum-half Kathryn Dane will start for Ireland in their Six Nations opener against Wales on Friday night (5pm).
Breaking News ! "Ulster scrum-half Kathryn Dane will start for Ireland in their Six Nations opener against Wales on Friday night (5pm). The Old Belvedere club woman will make her 11th international appearance at the Cardiff Arms Park when she partners Hannah Tyrrell in the half-backs.There are two Ulster players on the bench, with hooker Neve Jones and lock Brittany Hogan set to be called upon to make an impact in the second half.Elsewhere in the line-up, there is a debut for Sevens international Eve Higgins, who is named in the centre, while Emily Lane and Stacey Flood could make their first appearances from the bench.Higgins, 21, who has been one of the stand-out players in the Sevens system, is partnered in the centre by the experienced Sene Naoupu by head coach Adam Griggs.In the back three, Eimear Considine returns to full-back, with Lauren Delaney and Beibhinn Parsons named on the wings, with Dane and Tyrrell completing the backs.Lindsay Peat, Cliodhna Moloney and Linda Djougang form a familiar front row for the trip to Cardiff, with Nichola Fryday joined by the returning Aoife McDermott in the second row.Captain Ciara Griffin starts at No.8 and she is joined in the back row by Dorothy Wall and Claire Molloy at blindside and openside flanker respectively.Jones and Hogan are joined by Katie O'Dwyer, Laura Feely and Hannah O'Connor as the forwards replacements, with Enya Breen rounding out the bench alongside Lane and Flood."We are extremely confident in the squad we have selected," commented Ireland head coach Griggs."We have had a great deal of time to prepare together and this group of players have earned the responsibility to bring the high standards we have set ourselves throughout training into this first game."Wales at home will bring a strong challenge and we need to make sure we start the game well and build a platform that allows us to play our game and start this competition off with a win."15. Eimear Considine (Munster); 14. Lauren Delaney (IQ Rugby), 13. Eve Higgins (Leinster), 12. Sene Naoupu (Leinster), 11. Beibhinn Parsons (Connacht); 10.
. Kathryn Dane (Ulster); 1. Lindsay Peat (Leinster), 2. Cliodhna Moloney (IQ Rugby), 3. Linda Djougang (Leinster); 4. Aoife McDermott (Leinster), 5. Nichola Fryday (Connacht); 6. Dorothy Wall (Munster), 7. Claire Molloy (IQ Rugby), 8. Ciara Griffin (captain, Munster). 16. Neve Jones (Ulster), 17. Katie O'Dwyer (Leinster), 18. Laura Feely (Connacht), 19. Brittany Hogan (Ulster), 20. Hannah O'Connor (Leinster), 21. Emily Lane (Munster), 22. Stacey Flood (Leinster), 23. Enya Breen (Munster)."
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