Ireland women’s head coach Greg McWilliams has named his team today for the opening Six Nations Championship fixture of this year.
Tullows Dannah O’Brien has been named among the replacements.
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18-year-old prop Sadhbh McGrath is set to make her international debut when Ireland face Wales in the Six Nations.
Head coach Greg McWilliams has included the Ulster loosehead in the starting fifteen while Leinster prop Niamh O’Dowd could make her debut off the bench. McGrath packs down alongside Neve Jones and Linda Djougang, with captain Fryday and Sam Monaghan in the second row. Dorothy Wall, Maeve Óg O’Leary and Brittany Hogan are selected in the back row.
There’s first Six Nations appearance for fullback Méabh Deely, centre Aoife Dalton and Natasja Behan on the wing.. Aoife Doyle is on the other wing while Enya Breen completes the Ireland midfield. Nicole Cronin and Molly Scuffil-McCabe are named as half-backs.
A trip to Wales beckons for McWilliams’ team on Saturday.
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In other Tullow news, after a historic weekend for Irish Rugby things could get even better for local rugby fans, with there being a 75% chance of either Tullow, Carlow, or Kilkenny lifting the Towns Cup.
All three teams have made it to the semi-final, with Kildare drawing Kilkenny and old foes Carlow facing off with Tullow in the other last-four encounter. before then Tullow has a very real chance of making it into Division 1 A when they take on Cil Dara in their final league game.
Speaking to Scoreline ahead of the game, SETU Carlow rugby coach and Tullow clubman Johnny Tobin outlined the danger their opponents will cause.
“If we come away from that game with a point, even a losing bonus point, we will get a promotion in the league and we will go to Division 1A”
“That will be a big test, Cil Dara won’t want to lose, I know they have nothing to play for, they are safe, and cannot get promoted. They still will not want to lose, they want to finish their last game on a high.”
“We will not go with any illusions that we are not going to be up against it. yes we have been in a good run of form, but we are not getting carried away with ourselves, we are still playing 15 men that are also in a good run of form.”
“It will be a big test.”
That game will be live on our Carlow Frequency from 3 pm Sunday, only on KCLR.
Listen back to the full interview with Johnny below on Scoreline Extra: