Ireland makes one change ahead of Women's second Six Nations test

Tom Tierney's side will travel to Perpignon to face France this weekend

Ireland makes one change ahead of Women's second Six Nations test

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Ireland remain on course to defend their Six Nations crown after scoring an emphatic opening win against Wales last weekend.

Tries from Sene Naoupu and Sophie Spene proved instrumental in the end but now Tom Tierney's side must reset for an away date with France this weekend, a side who also won their first 2016 test game against Italy.

The Head Coach has elected to make just one change ahead of the tie with Cliodhna Moloney coming into the fold at the expense of Zoe Graatage.

Speaking earlier today, Tierney said he feels confident about the task ahead while also cautioning that France will not be easily subdued.

"The French will present a very difficult test this weekend. They had an impressive win over Italy, so they'll be coming into this game very confident.''
 
''However we're confident ourselves that if we look after the basics and put in a good performance we'll put ourselves in a position to get our first win here against France."

The Irish team will line out as follows on Saturday: 
 
15. Niamh Briggs (UL. Bohemians / Munster) Captain
14. Elise O'Byrne-White (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
13. Aine Donnelly (Cill Dara / Leinster)
12. Sene Naoupu (Galwegians / Connacht)
11. Mairead Coyne (Galwegians / Connacht)
10. Nikki Caughey (Railway Union / Ulster)
9. Larissa Muldoon (Skewen / Exiles)
1. Ruth O'Reilly (Galwegians / Connacht)
2. Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union / Leinster)
3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
4. Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
5. Marie-Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
6. Paula Fitzpatrick (Toulouse)
7. Claire Molloy (Bristol / Exiles)
8. Heather O'Brien (Toulouse)
 
Replacements
16. Zoe Grattage (Tralee / Munster)
17. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union / Leinster)
18. Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemians / Munster)
19. Ciara Cooney (Railway Union / Leinster)
20. Ciara Griffin (Tralee / Munster)
21. Mary Healy (Galwegians / Connacht)
22. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere / Leinster)
23. Jackie Shiels (Richmond / Exiles)