Kildare's Jenny Murphy back in the Irish midfield for Ireland's big World Cup clash with France

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Kildare's Jenny Murphy back in the Irish midfield for Ireland's big World Cup clash with France
14:30 Wednesday 16th of August 2017

Kildare rugby star Jenny Murphy has been drafted back into the Irish side for the final pool game of the Women's Rugby World Cup against France tomorrow evening, which will be played in the UCD Bowl at 7.45pm.

Murphy, along with a number of other frontline players, had been rested for Monday's narrow win over Japan in their second group game, and victory over the French tomorrow evening will sent Ireland into the semi-finals of the competition.

Murphy, who was schooled in Brannockstown and Kilcullen, joins the experienced Sene Naoupu in the centre of the Irish backline against the well-fancied French.

Head Coach Tom Tierney has named Lindsay Peat, Leah Lyons and Ailis Egan in the front row.

Marie-Louise Reilly and Sophie Spence will line out in the second-row, with Ciara Griffin,Paula Fitzpatrick and Captain Claire Molloy in the back-row.

Nicole Cronin again partners out-half Nora Stapleton at half-back, with Naoupu and Murphy forming the centre partnership.

Alison Miller and Eimear Considine line out on the wings, with Hannah Tyrrell at full-back.

Ahead of the French test, Tierney said;

"We've had lots of tough games against France over the years and we know tomorrow evening is going to be no different.

They have looked really good in their opening two games of the tournament and they'll be coming into this game full of confidence.

It's a cup final tomorrow night, with a place in the Semi-Finals up for grabs, so we want the players to go out there and give it everything.

It won't be easy, but with the crowd behind them, they have the ability to claim a place in the final four.”

The game will be broadcast on television in the Republic of Ireland by Eir Sport and RTE and in the UK by ITV 4.

RTE 2fm will have live commentary on radio.

Ireland Women's Team to play France
Women's Rugby World Cup 2017, Pool C, UCD Bowl, Thursday 17th August, 7.45pm.

15. Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
14. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
13. Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
12. Sene Naoupu (Harlequins FC)
11. Alison Miller (Old Belvedere RFC/Connacht)
10. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
9. Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
2. Leah Lyons (Highfield RFC/Munster)
3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
4. Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
5. Marie-Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere RFC/Leinster)
6. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)
7. Claire Molloy (Bristol RFC/Connacht) Captain
8. Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary's College RFC/Leinster)

16. Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union RFC/Leinster)
17. Ruth O'Reilly (Galwegians RFC/Connacht)
18. Ciara O'Connor (Galwegians RFC/Connacht)
19. Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke RFC/Ulster)
20. Heather O'Brien (Highfield RFC/Munster)
21. Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union RFC/Ulster)
22. Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock College RFC/Leinster)
23. Louise Galvin (UL Bohemian RFC/Munster)

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