Rugby

Murphy Crowe, Flood & Hogan Set For First Irish Test Starts

Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, Stacey Flood and Brittany Hogan are set for their first Irish Test starts, as  Ireland Head Coach, Adam Griggs, makes three changes ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations Play-Off against Italy at Energia Park (Kick-off 12pm).

The winner of the Play-Off will secure third place in the Championship.

Murphy Crowe, who came off the bench to make her debut against Italy last weekend, is promoted to the right wing, with Eimear Considine continuing at full-back and Beibhinn Parsons on the left wing.

Sene Naoupu and Eve Higgins are retained in the Ireland midfield, while Flood (pictured below) comes in at out-half for her third cap and first start having impressed off the bench in the games against Wales and France. The Ireland Sevens international partners Kathryn Dane in the half-back department.

Hogan’s inclusion in the back row is the only change Griggs has made to his pack, with the experienced front row of Lindsay Peat, Clidohna Moloney and Linda Djougang packing down together again, and Aoife McDermott and Nichola Fryday retained in the second row.

Hogan comes in at openside flanker, with Dorothy Wall continuing at blindside and captain Ciara Griffin once again leading from the back of the scrum.

Uncapped Railway Union flanker Grace Moore could make her Ireland debut off the bench. Born in London, Moore’s potential as an athletic and dynamic back row forward was identified through the IQ Rugby Programme and from there, the 24-year-old’s talent has been developed and honed by Anthony Eddy and the Ireland Women’s Sevens Programme.

Also on the bench, Neve Jones and Leah Lyons are included to provide front row cover alongside Laura Feely, with Hannah O’Connor also named among the replacements.

Head Coach Griggs said: “This week our focus has been on us and the quality of performance we know we can deliver. We learned some valuable lessons last weekend and we now have the opportunity to rectify some of the areas that we need to show more accuracy, and we want to finish this competition strongly which we are extremely excited about.”

  1. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian/Munster)(17 caps)
  2. Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union/Munster)(1)
  3. Eve Higgins (Railway Union/Leinster)(2)
  4. Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere/ Leinster)(40)
  5. Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe/Blackrock College/Connacht)(10)
  6. Stacey Flood (Railway Union/Leinster)(2)
  7. Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere/Ulster)(12)
  8. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster)(33)
  9. Cliodhna Moloney (Wasps/IQ Rugby)(25)
  10. Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere/Leinster)(11)
  11. Aoife McDermott (Railway Union/Leinster)(15)
  12. Nichola Fryday (Blackrock College/Connacht)(17)
  13. Dorothy Wall (Blackrock College/ Munster)(6)
  14. Brittany Hogan (DCU/Old Belvedere/Ulster)(3)
  15. Ciara Griffin (Captain)(UL Bohemian/Munster)(35)

Replacements:

 

  1. Neve Jones (Malone/Ulster)(2)
  2. Laura Feely (Blackrock College/Connacht)(18)
  3. Leah Lyons (Harlequins/IQ Rugby)(25)
  4. Grace Moore (Railway Union/IQ Rugby)*
  5. Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College/Leinster)(4)
  6. Emily Lane (Blackrock College/Munster)(2)
  7. Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster)(19)
  8. Enya Breen (UL Bohemian/Munster)(5)

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