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McWilliams names unchanged Ireland side for France test

Having suffered a 27-19 defeat to Wales in his opening match in charge last weekend, head coach Greg McWilliams is sticking with the same starting XV.



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McWilliams names unchanged Ireland side for France test

Ireland will field an unchanged team for Saturday's Six Nations showdown with France. 

Having suffered a 27-19 defeat to Wales in his opening match in charge last weekend, head coach Greg McWilliams is sticking with the same starting XV.

That means that Aoibheann Reilly - who made her debut last week - is retained at scrum-half.

Nichola Fryday once again captains the side from the second row, with Christy Haney poised to win her first cap off the bench.

It also means that winger Beibhinn Parsons is held in reserve amongst the replacements.

“We are fully aware of the challenge facing us this weekend," McWilliams said, ahead of the trip to Toulouse.

"But we’ve had a good week of preparation, taking the positives from our opening game and implementing the learnings on the training pitch.

"It is a huge opportunity for us as a group to go and play one of the best teams of the world and test ourselves at this stage of our journey together.”

Ireland squad vs France (KO: 2.15pm)

15. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster) 24
14. Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union RFC/Munster) 7
13. Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC/Leinster) 7
12. Stacey Flood (Railway Union RFC/Leinster) 8
11. Lucy Mulhall (Wicklow RFC/Leinster) 2
10. Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster) 17
9. Aoibheann Reilly (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht) 1

1. Linda Djougang (ASM Romagnat Rugby/Leinster) 18
2. Neve Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury/Ulster) 7
3. Katie O’Dwyer (Railway Union RFC/Leinster) 6
4. Nichola Fryday (Exeter Chiefs/Connacht) (capt) 23
5. Sam Monaghan (Wasps/IQ Rugby) 6
6. Dorothy Wall (Blackrock College RFC/Munster) 11
7. Edel McMahon (Wasps/IQ Rugby) 15
8. Brittany Hogan (Old Belvedere RFC/Ulster) 8

Replacements:

16. Emma Hooban (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster) 9
17. Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster) 3
18. Christy Haney (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster) *
19. Anna McGann (Railway Union RFC/Connacht) 1
20. Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster) 8
21. Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere RFC/Ulster) 19
22. Enya Breen (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster) 10
23. Beibhinn Parsons (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht) 16

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