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Ireland Women's team named for Six Nations finale against Scotland

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16:58 17 Mar 2016

The Ireland Women's side, has been named to face Scotland in their fifth and final 2016 Six Nations fixture on Sunday in Donnybrook.

Head Coach Tom Tierney's side shows several changes to the team that beat Italy 14-3 last week at the Dublin 4 venue. Experienced captain Niamh Briggs reverts from centre to her usual position of full back and will have Liz Burke, who won her first Ireland cap last weekend, and Alison Miller on the wings.

Claire McLaughlin, who was another new cap last week will partner Sene Naoupu at centre. Out-half Nora Stapleton and scrum-half Larissa Muldoon form an experienced half-back partnership, with 71 caps between them.

Up front, Ruth O'Reilly returns to the starting line-up and joins Zoe Grattage and Ailis Egan in the front row. Ciara Cooney moves from the back row to partner Elaine Anthony at second row. Ciara Griffin will move from openside to blindside flanker to allow Claire Molloy take up the number 7 jersey and Paula Fitzpatrick will start at number 8.

In the replacements, Fiona Hayes and Orla Fitzsimons will be hoping to make their first Six Nations appearances of the season, while Aine Donnelly returns to the side having missed the Italy game.

Speaking ahead of the game, Tierney said; "Scotland have a new coaching ticket and quality new players this and they're season playing a very competitive style of rugby. We again have some new combinations out there, which I'm sure will be exciting and will hopefully allow us to finish the campaign on a high."

Ireland team and replacements to face Scotland:

(15-9): Niamh Briggs (capt), Liz Burke, Claire McLaughlin, Sene Naoupu,  Alison Miller, Nora Stapleton, Larissa Muldoon.

(1-9): Ruth O'Reilly, Zoe Grattage, Ailis Egan, Elaine Anthony, Ciara Cooney, Ciara Griffin, Claire Molloy, Paula Fitzpatrick.

Replacements (16-23): Cliodhna Moloney, Fiona Hayes, Fiona Reidy, Orla Fitzsimons, Sophie Spence, Mary Healy, Aine Donnelly, Kim Flood.

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