Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe set to makes her debut in XVs

Ireland women’s 7s superstar Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe is set to get her first cap in the XV’s side this weekend against France. They are set to take the field in Donnybrook at 2:15pm to kick off the deciding game for Pool B, the winner will win a ticket to the finals against France.

Head Coach Adam Griggs has named an unchanged starting XV for Saturday’s Women’s Six Nations game.

Murphy Crowe and Emma Hooban are the only new additions to the Ireland bench as their starting XV remains unchanged. Unlike the French side which has added eight players to their squad. Griggs starting XV has performed very well in their game against Wales, with their uncapped sevens stars standing out as they make their debut with a big impact to the visibly stronger squad.

Ciara Griffin once again will captain the side from the back row. Ireland’s set pieces proved to be something to worry about for the French side who in the past few years have been a sure finalist in the Women’s Six Nations.

Kathryn Dane and Hannah Tyrrell return as partners in crime as scrum-half and half-back this weekend. Tyrrell who was named Player f the Match in Cardiff will surely be a show stopper once again for the Irish squad. 7s Veteran Sene Naoupu and Eve Higgins are also retained to appear in the midfield as their tandem proved effective.

The fast back three of Beibhinn Parsons, Lauren Delany and Eimear Considine provide Ireland with a dangerous attacking threat from the backfield, as evidenced against Wales. Parsons was named Player of the Round for her try-scoring exploits, with the 19-year-old’s first score against the Welsh.

Murphy Crowe the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series was a show stopper as a 7s player is set to make her debut in the green XV’s jersey. She will be coming off the bench as an impact player in the exciting backline.

Head Coach Griggs said in an interview: “We were happy with the result against Wales. We set ourselves a goal of starting this competition off with a win so to achieve that in the manner we did was pleasing. Once we analyzed the game and reviewed areas we know we can improve on, we turned our attention to this weekend’s game quickly.

“We know France will be another step up in terms of intensity and physicality and have quality players across the park. We have spoken a lot in this group about testing ourselves against world class opposition, Ultimately, we have to stay focused on improving our own game with each performance so to play the fourth ranked team in the world will give us a great indication of where we are currently at.”

15 Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian/Munster)(16 caps)

14 Lauren Delany (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby)(13)

13 Eve Higgins (Railway Union/Leinster)(1)

12 Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere/ Leinster)(39)

11 Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe/Blackrock College/Connacht)(9)

10 Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster)(18)

9 Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere/Ulster)(11)

1 Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster)(32)

2 Cliodhna Moloney (Wasps/IQ Rugby)(24)

3 Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere/Leinster)(10)

4 Aoife McDermott (Railway Union/Leinster)(14)

5 Nichola Fryday (Blackrock College/Connacht)(16)

6 Dorothy Wall (Blackrock College/ Munster)(5)

7 Claire Molloy (Wasps/IQ Rugby)(71)

8 Ciara Griffin (Captain)(UL Bohemian/Munster)(34)

Replacements:

16 Emma Hooban (Blackrock College/Leinster)(7)

17 Katie O’Dwyer (Railway Union/Leinster)(2)

18 Laura Feely (Blackrock College/Connacht)(17)

19 Brittany Hogan (DCU/Old Belvedere/Ulster)(2)

20 Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College/Leinster)(3)

21 Emily Lane (Blackrock College/Munster)(1)

22 Stacey Flood (Railway Union/Leinster)(1)

23 Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union/Munster)*

* Denotes uncapped player