Ireland women’s head coach Greg McWilliams has made 3 changes from the side which won the first test for Saturday’s second test against Japan in Tokyo.
Laura Feely comes into the front row in the loose head prop position, Jo Brown starts in the back row as blindside flanker, and Grace Moore comes in at number eight.
Katie O’Dwyer, Sam Monaghan and Dorothy Wall are the players to make way.
Noting the changes this means another cap for Carlows Dannah O’Brien who starts at half-back with Ailsa Hughes. O’Brien made her debut in an emphatic victory over Japan in the first series putting over three conversions.
Commenting ahead of the game, McWilliams said: “We were really pleased with last weekend’s victory and it was a reward for the hard work the whole group have put in over the course of the summer programme, but the focus for us has been on improving, growing and being better on Saturday.
IRELAND WOMEN’S Team & Replacements (v Japan Women, 2022 Summer Tour Second Test, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo, Saturday, August 27, kick-off 7pm local time/11am Irish time):
15. Méabh Deely (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht)(1) 14. Natasja Behan (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)(1) 13. Aoife Dalton (Tullamore RFC/Leinster)(1) 12. Enya Breen (TBC/Munster)(15) 11. Aoife Doyle (Railway Union RFC/Munster)(11) 10. Dannah O’Brien (Tullow RFC/Leinster)(1) 9. Ailsa Hughes (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)(15)
1. Laura Feely (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht)(23) 2. Neve Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury/Ulster)(12) 3. Linda Djougang (TBC/Leinster)(23) 4. Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)(13) 5. Nichola Fryday (Exeter Chiefs/Connacht) (capt)(28) 6. Jo Brown (Worcester Warriors/IQ Rugby)* 7. Edel McMahon (Exeter Chiefs/IQ Rugby)(20) 8. Grace Moore (Saracens/IQ Rugby)(4)
16. Emma Hooban (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)(12) 17. Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)(6) 18. Katie O’Dwyer (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)(11) 19. Taryn Schutzler (Saracens/Ulster)(1) 20. Jess Keating (Life University/Leinster)* 21. Molly Scuffil-McCabe (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)(3) 22. Leah Tarpey (Tullamore RFC/Leinster)(1) 23. Emma Tilly (MU Barnhall RFC/Leinster)*
Saturday’s match is live on TG4 from 10.40am Irish time, while there will be extensive match day coverage on IrishRugby.ie and across Irish Rugby social media channels.