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Rugby - 29. January 2014.

Hannah Casey to make debut in Women's 6 Nations Opener

Saracens' Hannah Casey is set to make her Ireland debut against Scotland
as Philip Doyle's charges open their Championship title defense. Â
Ireland host Scotland at Ashbourne RFC on Friday 31st January with a
7.30pm kick-off.
There is a familiar feel to the selection to face the Scots with players
such as Fiona Coghlan, Nora Stapleton, Alison Miller and Lynne Cantwell
all set to start.  Niamh Briggs, one of the heroes last year's Womens
Grand Slam campaign starts from the bench.
There are three uncapped players named in the match day squad – Hannah
Casey starts on the wing while fellow Saracen Kerri-Ann Craddock and St
Mary's Orla Fitzsimons start on the bench.
Philip Doyle, Ireland Women's Head Coach, commented, "We had a good win
against the Scots last year but we will need to put in a similar
performance this time round to we get a positive result.  It is great
to be starting off the campaign in Ashbourne and hopefully we can
deliver a strong performance. 
The Ireland Women's team will play their first ever fixture at the Aviva
Stadium when Italy come to play on Saturday 8th March.  This game will
kick-off approximately 40minutes after Ireland's RBS 6 Nations clash
against the Azzuri has concluded.
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