Ireland Women’s Head Coach Adam Griggs has made three changes to the starting line up for Friday nights game against Scotland Women at Scotstoun Stadium, kick off 19:30 with live coverage on BBC Sport and RTE.
Alison Miller replaces Megan Williams on the wing, Anna Caplice comes into the back row to replace Juliet Short and Emma Hooban starts at hooker replacing, in effect, Fiona Reidy.
Williams and Reidy drop to the bench and Short is replaced by Enniskillen native Claire Boles, who joins her Dublin based Ulster Rugby teammates Kathryn Dane and Claire McLaughlin on the bench. Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird comes into the squad as replacement hooker following her exploits last weekend with Ireland Women Sevens side in Australia.
It’s a game both sides need to win following disappointing performances against England and Italy last weekend. Both sides fell away dramatically in the second half of their respective games with Scotland losing 7 – 28 to a resurgent Italy and Ireland we’re well outmuscled by England who ran in eight tries to win 7 – 51.
Ireland have only lost once to Scotland in their twelve meeting in this fixture, however, that one defeat was last season at Donnybrook and the hosts will be aware that if they can match the Irish pack they will have a good chance of a win.
However, the return of Miller to Ireland’s wing increases their attacking strength substantially and, with Scotland missing the wonderful Jade Konkel up front, I suspect that Ireland should be too strong for their hosts.
|Scotland Women||Ireland Women|
|Chloe Rollie||15||Lauren Delany|
|Liz Musgrove||14||Eimear Considine|
|Hannah Smith||13||Sene Naoupu|
|Lisa Thomson||12||Michelle Claffey|
|Annabel Sergeant||11||Alison Miller|
|Helen Nelson||10||Nicole Fowley|
|Mhairi Grieve||9||Ailsa Hughes|
|Lisa Cockburn||1||Laura Feely|
|Lana Skeldon||2||Emma Hooban|
|Megan Kennedy||3||Leah Lyons|
|Emma Wassell||4||Aoife McDermott|
|Debs McCormack||5||Nichola Fryday|
|Rachel Malcolm||6||Anna Caplice|
|Rachel McLachlan||7||Claire Molloy|
|Sarah Bonar||8||Ciara Griffin|
|Jodie Rettie||16||Deirbhile Nic a Bhaird|
|Katie Dougan||17||Linda Djougang|
|Mairi Forsyth||18||Fiona Reidy|
|Sophie Anderson||19||Claire Boles|
|Nicola Howat||20||Claire McLaughlin|
|Sarah Law||21||Kathryn Dane|
|Lisa Martin||22||Ellen Murphy|
|Rhona Lloyd||23||Megan Williams|