ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE IRFU The Ireland Women's team to play France in Pau on Saturday, 11th February has been named by coach, Philip Doyle. Doyle has named the same side that started against Wales last weekend
Unfortunately last week's test was called off at half time due to deterioration in weather conditions in Ashbourne on Friday night. A decision has yet to be made on the rescheduling of this fixture.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's test, Doyle said "Thankfully after last week's performance, even if it was only forty minutes long, we are able to name an unchanged XV and bench for this week's game".
"France away is always a hard place to go and get a win but the ladies are in a good space at the moment and will take that into the weekend."
"I am in no doubt that the ladies will put in a performance and raise their game in order to get where they want to be"
Ireland Women's Team (v France Women, RBS 6 Nations, Stade du Hameau, Pau - February 11th, 17:30 GMT)
15. Ashleigh Baxter (Belfast Harlequins - Ulster)
14. Niamh Kavanagh (UL Bohemians - Munster)
13. Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians - Munster)
12. Grace Davitt (Cooke - Ulster)
11. Alison Miller (Portlaoise/Highfield - Connacht)
10. Lynne Cantwell (Exile)
9. Amy Davis (Blackrock - Leinster)
1. Fiona Coghlan (UL Bohemians - Leinster) Captain
2. Gillian Bourke (UL Bohemians - Munster)
3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere - Leinster)
4. Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere - Leinster)
5. Sophie Spence (Exile)
6. Laura Guest (Highfield - Munster)
7. Claire Molloy (Bristol - Exile)
8. Joy Neville (UL Bohemians - Munster)
Ireland Women RBS 6 Nations Fixtures 2012 (All Kick-off Times GMT):
Sat 11th Feb 17:30 France v Ireland - Stade du Hameau, Pau
Fri 24th Feb 19:30 Ireland v Italy - Ashbourne, Co Meath
Fri 9th Mar 19:30 Ireland v Scotland - Ashbourne, Co Meath
Sat 17th Mar 14:00 England v Ireland - Esher RFC, SW London
For further information contact:
Maria Boland, IRFU Communications Department
Phone: +353 (0)1 6473828/ +353 (0)87 7645327
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