Ireland Women’s XV announced for opening game

Tom Tierney’s side will play their first game in Pool C against Australia tomorrow.

Ireland face the Wallaroo’s tomorrow evening at 7:00 pm and Tom Tierney has named his side for their opener.

In the front row Lindsay Peat and Ailis Egan are joined by hooker Cliodhna Moloney. The second row will be made up of Marie-Louise Reilly and Paula Fitzpatrick whilst in the back row Heather O’Brien is named at 8 with Ashleigh Baxter at 6 and captain Claire Molloy at openside.

In the half backs, Larissa Muldoon at scrum half will play along side Nora Stapleton at out half. Sene Naopu and Jenny Murphy combine in a strong centre partnership with Alison Miller and Eimear Considine on the wings and Hannah Tyrrell at full back.

Following his team selection announcement Tierney said

“The squad are very excited to get the tournament underway. They have had excellent preparation and things have really come together since arriving into UCD on Saturday afternoon and everyone has been extremely focused on their role and the challenge ahead.

The Australians are a good team and we will have to be very good for the opening game. The players are all very clear on the challenges that the Wallaroos pose.

However this is a home World Cup and we’re confident that the crowd will get behind us tomorrow evening which will be an added benefit for us and we’re all looking forward to getting the tournament underway.”

Here is the team that will face Australia tomorrow in full

15. Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
14. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
13. Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
12. Sene Naoupu (Harlequins FC)
11. Alison Miller (Old Belvedere RFC/Connacht)
10. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
9. Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union RFC/Ulster)

1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
2. Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
4. Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s College RFC/Leinster)
5. Marie-Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)

6. Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke RFC/Ulster)
7. Claire Molloy (Bristol RFC/Connacht) Captain
8. Heather O’Brien (Highfield RFC/Munster)

16. Leah Lyons (Highfield RFC/Munster)
17. Ruth O’Reilly (Galwegians RFC/Connacht)
18. Ciara O’Connor (Galwegians RFC/Connacht)
19. Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
20. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
21. Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
22. Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
23. Mairead Coyne (Galwegians RFC/Connacht)

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