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Japan v Eire: 4 to make debuts in Take a look at collection opener

Aoife Dalton
Aoife Dalton is ready to make her senior worldwide debut simply two months after ending her Leaving Certificates (Irish equal to A-levels)
Venue: Ecopa Stadium, Fukuroi Metropolis Date: Saturday, 20 August Kick-off: 11:00 BST
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Head coach Greg McWilliams has included 4 uncapped gamers in his beginning aspect for Eire’s first Take a look at in opposition to Japan on Saturday.

Dannah O’Brien, Aoife Dalton, Natasja Behan and Meabh Deely will all make their senior debuts at Ecopa Stadium.

Taryn Schultzer and Leah Tarpey may additionally obtain their first cap having been named among the many replacements as Eire search to open a brand new chapter.

Captain Nicola Fryday is probably the most skilled participant within the beginning XV.

The 2 sides met in Dublin final November, with Eire rising 15-12 winners in what was then-captain Ciara Griffin’s last look.

Solely six of the gamers who began that sport 9 months in the past are once more chosen for Saturday’s assembly in Fukuroi Metropolis.

Since that match on the RDS, main adjustments have taken place within the Irish set-up, together with the set up of McWilliams as head coach and the IRFU committing to a raft of reforms, funding and skilled contracts for the senior girls’s aspect.

The pursuit of a recent begin following the failure to qualify for this autumn’s World Cup prompted McWilliams and his staff to deliver new expertise into the squad, one thing that was prioritised throughout latest summer season coaching camps.

Three of the potential debutants solely left college in June, together with 19-year-old Dalton who begins alongside Enya Breen in midfield.

Sevens worldwide Deely makes her 15s debut from full-back, whereas Behan begins on the suitable wing having educated with the Six Nations squad earlier this 12 months.

Out-half O’Brien varieties a new-look half-back partnership with Ailsa Hughes.

Eire: Deely; Behan, Dalton, Breen, Doyle; O’Brien, Hughes; Djougang, Jones, O’Dwyer, Fryday (capt), Monaghan; Wall, McMahon, O’Connor.

Replacements: Hooban, Pearse, Haney, Schultzer, Moore, Cronin, Tarpey, Scuffil-McCabe.

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