DONEGAL’S RBS WOMEN’S SIX NATIONS trio are named in the Ireland squad to take on England in a first Autumn International at Twickenham on Saturday.
Cappry’s Larissa Muldoon is named at scrum-half, with Nora Stapleton from Fahan at replacement out-half and Moville native Katie Norris a second-row on the bench. The team is captained by Waterford’s Niamh Briggs at full-back.
The north-western trio were part of the Tom Tierney’s squad that won the Six Nations in March, when they hammered Scotland 73-3 at the Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld.
Photo caption: Katie Norris, Larissa Muldoon and Nora Stapleton with the RBS Women’s Six Nations trophy at the Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld in March
in 2013, Muldoon and Stapleton played their part as Ireland clinched the Grand Slam for the first time in their history.
In fact, Muldoon has certainly enjoyed her recent jousts with England.
She scored the all-important try as Ireland won their Six Nations clash at Ashbourne, Co Meath 11-8 in March (see video below). Twelve months beforehand, the now 24-year-old also touched down at Twickenham in 2014, on an evening when England ran out 13-10 winners.
Ireland team to face England at Twickenham on Saturday, kick-off 3pm (*new caps)
15. Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemians/Munster) (capt)
14. Jeamie Deacon (Blackrock/Leinster) *
13. Aine Donnelly (Cill Dara/Leinster) *
12. Jackie Shiels (Richmond/Exile)
11. Mairead Coyne (Galwegians/Connacht) *
10. Sene Naoupu (Galwegians/Connacht)9. Larissa Muldoon (Skewen)
1. Ruth O’Reilly (Galwegians/Connacht)
2. Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union/Leinster) *
3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
4. Elaine Anthony (Highfield/Munster) *
5. Ciara Cooney (Railway Union/Leinster) *
6. Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
7. Paula Fitzpatrick (Toulouse)
8. Heather O’Brien (Toulouse)
16. Zoe Grattage (Tralee/Munster) *
17. Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemians/Munster)
18. Fiona O’Brien (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
19. Katie Norris (Blackrock/Leinster)
20. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster) *
21. Mary Healy (Galwegians/Connacht) *
22. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
23. Claire McLaughlin (Queen’s University/Ulster) *