The teams have been announced for the Italy v Ireland Women’s Six Nations match. The match takes place at Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L’Aquila, on Sunday, February 12. Kick-off 13:00 UK/IRE. The match will be streamed live here Women’s Six Nations YouTube
Ireland have made four changes. Hannah Tyrrell and Elaine Anthony come into the starting line up and Ciara Cooney and Sophie Spence join the bench. Ulster’s duo, Claire McLaughlin and Ilse van Staden, remain on the bench.
This will be a difficult game for the Irish side. Italy put on a good show, at home, against a strong Wales last week and they were unlucky to go down 8 – 20 at the final whistle. Wales also caused Ireland plenty of problems in their pre Women’s Six Nations run out so everything is pointing to a close match.
Ireland were pretty lucky to come away with any points against Scotland last week, let alone the bonus. They will have to sharpen up their game considerably if they are going to make it two from two and the somewhat subdued back row will have to find a much higher standard.
Limited front foot ball and a centre pairing that didn’t mesh caused frustrations. But it has to be admired that they battled through and found a worthwhile pass in the 81st minute. However, I don’t think they will be able to push their luck to such an extent this week!
Spence, certainly has the potential to add something from the bench. Personally, I’d like to see McLaughlin and Murphy get twenty minutes together.
The FRU Predicts
Ireland’s back row and midfield need to get their act together. If they do Ireland should win, but it’ll be a close one.
|ITALY WOMEN||IRELAND WOMEN|
|Manuela Furlan||15||Mairead Coyne|
|Michela Sillari||14||Hannah Tyrrell|
|Mariagrazia Cioffi||13||Jenny Murphy|
|Sofia Stefan||12||Sene Naoupu|
|Maria Magatti||11||Alison Miller|
|Beatrice Rigoni||10||Nora Stapleton|
|Sara Barattin||9||Ailsa Hughes|
|Elisa Cucchiella||1||Lindsay Peat|
|Melissa Bettoni||2||Leah Lyons|
|Lucia Gai||3||Ailis Egan|
|Flavia Severin||4||Elaine Anthony|
|Alice Trevisan||5||Marie Louise Reilly|
|Lucia Cammarano||6||Ciara Griffin|
|Isabellla Locatelli||7||Claire Molloy|
|Elisa Giordano||8||Paula Fitzpatrick|
|Marta Ferrari||16||Jennie Finlay|
|Gaia Giacomoli||17||Ilse van Staden|
|Michela Este||18||Ciara O’Connor|
|Elisa Pillotti||19||Ciara Cooney|
|Ilaria Arrighetti||20||Sophie Spence|
|Claudia Salvadego||21||Mary Healy|
|Silvia Fooli||22||Claire McLaughlin|
|Paola Zangirolami||23||Eimear Considine|