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Two changes for Ireland for Six Nations trip to leaders England

By Liam Heagney
Ireland celebrate last weekend's win over Wales (Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Scott Bemand has made two changes to his Ireland team to face defending Guinness Six Nations champions England this Saturday at Twickenham.

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The Irish snapped their recent championship losing streak with a commanding 36-5 win last weekend over Wales in Cork and they now head to London with one change to the back line and another to their pack.

Aoife Dalton, a replacement against the Welsh, has taken the No12 shirt from the benched Enya Breen, while Hannah O’Connor takes over at second row from Sam Monaghan. Meabh Deely is a new addition to the subs.

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Munster attack coach explains the role RG Snyman will play against the Bulls

Munster attack coach Mike Prendergast explains the role Springbok RG Snyman will play for his team in the Loftus face-off against the Bulls.

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Munster attack coach explains the role RG Snyman will play against the Bulls

Munster attack coach Mike Prendergast explains the role Springbok RG Snyman will play for his team in the Loftus face-off against the Bulls.

Bemand said in an IRFU team release: “We get another chance to perform as a group, in a great stadium with a big crowd. We are building some momentum in training and games. This is the kind of Test we want, against the best out there.”

“We want these occasions to be the norm and our players are excited by the opportunity. Judging by training intent and competition for selection, the players are ready.

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“Hopefully we will see a wave of green around the stadium that will continue to get behind our group, each opportunity they have.”

Ireland (vs England, Saturday)
15. Lauren Delany (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby) 25
14. Katie Corrigan (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster) 3
13. Eve Higgins (Railway Union RFC) 15
12. Aoife Dalton (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster) 13
11. Béibhinn Parsons (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht) 24
10. Dannah O’Brien (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster) 13
9. Aoibheann Reilly (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht) 10
1. Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster) 35
2. Neve Jones (Gloucester-Hartpury) 24
3. Christy Haney (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster) 16
4. Dorothy Wall (Blackrock College RFC/Munster) 26
5. Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster) 20
6. Aoife Wafer (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster) 5
7. Edel McMahon (Exeter Chiefs) 26 Captain
8. Brittany Hogan (Old Belvedere RFC/Ulster) 21

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Replacements:
16. Cliodhna Moloney (Exeter Chiefs) 32
17. Niamh O’Dowd (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster) 5
18. Sadhbh McGrath (Cooke RFC/Ulster) 11
19. Fiona Tuite (Old Belvedere RFC/Ulster) 5
20. Shannon Ikahihifo (Ealing Trailfinders/IQ Rugby) 1
21. Molly Scuffil-McCabe (Leinster) 15
22. Enya Breen (Blackrock College RFC/Munster) 19
23. Meabh Deely (Blackrock College RFC/Connacht) 11

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Flankly 15 hours ago
Resilient Irish will test Springboks despite provincial setbacks

The Bok kryptonite is complacency. How did they lose to Japan in 2015, or to Italy in 2016? There are plenty of less dramatic examples. They often boil down to the Boks dialing back their focus and intensity, presuming they can win with less than 100% commitment. This can be true of most teams, but there is a reason that the Boks are prone to it. It boils down to the Bok game plan being predicated on intensity. The game plan works because of the relentless and suffocating pressure that they apply. They don’t allow the opponent to control the game, and they pounce on any mistake. It works fantastically, but it is extremely demanding on the Bok players to pull it off. And the problem is that it stops working if you execute at anything less than full throttle. Complacency kills the Boks because it can lead to them playing at 97% and getting embarrassed. So the Bulls/Leinster result is dangerous. It’s exactly what is needed to introduce that hint of over-confidence. Rassie needs to remind the team of the RWC pool game, and of the fact that Ireland have won 8 of the 12 games between the teams in the last 20 years. And of course the Leinster result also means that Ireland have a point to prove. Comments like “a club team beating a test team” will be pasted on the changing room walls. They will be out to prove that the result of the RWC game truly reflects the pecking order between the teams. The Boks can win these games, but, as always, they need to avoid the kryptonite.

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