Ireland complete their Women’s Six Nations campaign by hosting Scotland this weekend. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Where and when is it running?
Saturday’s game will be played at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast with kick-off at 20:00.
What’s new from the team?
An expanded Ireland women’s squad has been put together by head coach Greg McWilliams for a one-day camp at the IRFU High Performance Center ahead of last week’s game against England.
Laura Feely, Laura Sheehan, Mary Healy, Shannon Touhy, Sene Naoupu and uncapped Leinster pair Niamh Byrne and Alice O’Dowd were called up for the final two rounds after the likes of Beibhinn Parsons left the squad to join the Sevens to connect panel.
After McWilliams dropped some big names like Cliodhna Moloney and Sene Naoupu from his original Six Nations squad, McWilliams appointed Offaly native Nichola Fryday as the new Ireland captain ahead of the start of the Women’s Six Nations.
Fryday succeeds Ciara Griffin, who recently announced her retirement, and has been tasked with leading this new era under McWilliams.
The big news in naming the squad was the exclusion of Moloney, but assistant coach Rob Sweeney had recently insisted the door remained open to the experienced hooker despite her prolonged absence.
What can you read and hear on Independent.ie?
We already have a lot of pre-game preparations for you to enjoy.
“A window has many purposes, the main purpose being to let in light and air. It also offers a glimpse of the wide world but also allows the outsider to look inwards.
How to possibly appreciate the novel window created for the Women’s Six Nations Rugby Championship? There seems to be a dizzying excitement among many of its supporters that it has taken the sport to unprecedented heights.’
David Kelly has examined whether moving to a dedicated calendar spot this season was a success for the tournament.
“Sitting in the stands at Welford Road, my heart broke for the Irish players as I looked at a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and didn’t even know where to start. What do we do now? How do we bridge the gap?’
Former player Lindsay Peat is one of many voices calling for professional contracts after last weekend’s tough defeat by England, and Sinead Kissane reports on developments on that front.
And Nichola Fryday had put things into perspective with a touching message for Kate Moran’s family after that game.
On last week’s episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald joined the Belfast Telegraph’s Jonathan Bradley to discuss the Champions Cup Round of 16.
Leinster and Munster marched into the quarter-finals after victories over Connacht and Exeter, with the Southern Province delivering a classic performance at Thomond Park to sweep Exeter aside.
There was also drama in Belfast when Ulster were beaten by Toulouse after the death.
The next episode will be available on Wednesday.
For more episodes of Left Wing, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/the-left-wing/
Where can I see the game?
The game will be shown live on RTE 2 and BBC 2. It will also stream on RTE Player and BBC iPlayer.
What are the camps saying?
“I know turning pro in Ireland is in the pipeline.
“It’s a conversation outside of my plans at the moment, but as a head coach I definitely want to have the players as much as possible.
“I want them to get bigger, faster, stronger and be more exposed to the game at the highest level. There is no doubt about it.
“I think that’s something we need to do as soon as possible to make sure we don’t lose sight of countries like England and France.”
What are the other Six Nations games this weekend?
Saturday – Wales – Italy: Kick-off 12pm – Virgin Media Two.
Saturday – Grand Slam decider: France – England: Kick-off 2:15pm – Virgin Media Two and BBC2.
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