Ireland meet Wales this weekend as the focus of the Six Nations shifts to women’s football. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Where and when is it running?
The game on Saturday will take place on the RDS with kick-off at 4:45 p.m.
What are the teams?
Offaly native Nichola Fryday has been named Ireland’s new captain ahead of the start of the Women’s Six Nations this weekend.
Fryday is taking over from Ciara Griffin, who recently announced her retirement, and she has been tasked with overseeing this new era under head coach Greg McWilliams.
The big news in naming the squad was the exclusion of veteran hooker Cliodhna Moloney.
Forwards Christy Haney, Amanda McQuade, Anna McGann, Aoife Wafer, Emma Murphy and defenders Aoibheann Reilly, Natasja Behan, Molly Scuffil-McCabe and Vicky Irwin are the new names to be called up following their recent form in club rugby.
Wales manager Ioan Cunningham has appointed a 37-man squad that includes professional players for the first time following Welsh Rugby Union’s historic decision to award 12 full-time contracts in January.
There are six uncapped players in his roster. Lowri Norkett, Liliana Podpadec, Jenni Scoble, Emma Hennessy, Emma Swords and Sisilia Tuipulotu are expected to win their first caps. The former Scarlets coach has also recalled veteran Worcester back row star Sioned Harries.
We’ll bring you more team news later in the week as soon as we have it.
What can you read and hear on Independent.ie?
We already have a lot of pre-game preparations for you to enjoy.
“A new dawn beckons for Irish women’s rugby this week, and not a minute too soon.
“The slate has been wiped clean and while the failure of last year’s World Cup qualification will remain in the minds of some players, with a revised coaching staff and a new squad preparing for the Six Nations, there is renewed optimism heading into them new era.”
Cian Tracey has taken a look at what will hopefully be a new era for Ireland as recovery begins.
If you want to catch up on the weekend’s Six Nations action, Irish independent rugby writers Rúaidhrí O’Connor and Cian Tracey joined Aviva Stadium’s Sinéad Kissane after Ireland’s win over Scotland earned them a Triple Crown in Dublin brought title.
Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery return to the regular Left Wing Show on Wednesday for more rugby discussion and analysis.
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 Virgin Media One and BBC 2. It will also stream on Virgin Media Player.
What are the camps saying?
Greg McWilliams on Cliodhna Moloney’s controversial absence:
“I stay true to myself and have 100 percent support from IRFU.
“This is a rugby decision. Nobody steered me in another direction. I’m picking who I think are the right people to represent Ireland at the moment and I’m really proud of the squad we have.
“There are a number of people who missed it. It is important to say that the door is always open for the team. I mean, this is our first roster and it might not be until we get together at camp three or four as we progress as a group that we’ll see some consistency in the roster.
“We’re building a program and just trying to do the best we can at the moment and hopefully you’ll see those girls come back into the squad later.”
“It’s about building on our performance in the autumn where we had two wins (against Japan and South Africa) that we were very happy with. First of all we have to get points and we have to be goal attempts.
“We are happy to score goals with the great work of the girls. I think if we stick with what we did last fall and build on that, we’ll start winning more games. I think we have to be confident in our group to aim for two or three wins in this competition that will set us up well for the World Cup.
“From my point of view and from the point of view of the coaching team, we are very much looking forward to the Six Nations, which have spectators again. It will be great for the girls to play in front of fans and feel that passion especially at home.
“We can hardly wait for the first home game. There is a good mix of experience and young talent in our squad.”
What are the other Six Nations games this weekend?
Saturday – Scotland – England: Kick-off 12:00 – BBC 2, RTÉ Player.
Sunday – France – Italy: Kick-off 3pm – Virgin Media Two.
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