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WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS: IRELAND v FRANCE (Today 7.0, Live RTÉ 2)

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Ireland coach Adam Griggs

Ireland coach Adam Griggs

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Ireland coach Adam Griggs

World Player of the Year Jessy Tremouliere will make a return to the French team in what is an example of the talent they will have on show at Energia Park this evening, writes Des Berry.

In reality, this Women's Six Nations is a two-tier competition, one between England and France and the other between the rest.

Coach Adam Griggs will preach the value of staying the course, continuing to play attacking rugby.

They will have to do so with two late changes, Aoife McDermott coming in at lock and Beibhinn Parsons onto the bench.

There were already changes from the defeat to Italy, with Fiona Reidy and Claire McLaughlin in the pack.

This will be a special occasion for centre Enya Breen, on her debut, and hooker Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird, on her first start.

The half-backs Kathryn Dane and Nicola Fowley will have to be careful in their use of the ball, loose kicks can be punished by the quick-striking French with Tremouliere a terror on the counter.

Ireland: L Delany; E Considine, E Breen, S Naoupu, A Miller; N Fowley, K Dane; L Feely, D Nic A Bhaird, F Reidy, A McDermott, N Fryday, C Griffin (capt), C Molloy, C McLaughlin. Replacements: E Hooban, L Peat, L Djougang, A Caplice, C Boles; N Cronin, E Murphy, B Parsons.

France: J Trémoulière; C Boujard, Y Yengo, G Vernier, L Jason; P Bourdon, Y Rivoalen; C Joyeux, C Thomas, L Arricastre; A Forlani, C Ferer; G Hermet (capt), C Diallo, R Ménager. Replacements: L Touye, D Traore, C Pelle, Bobo, F Lecat, E Coudert, C Imart, M Ménager.

Verdict: France


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