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Adam Griggs makes four changes for Six Nations clash with Wales


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Ireland head coach Adam Griggs has made four changes to his starting team for this weekend's clash with Wales at Donnybrook Stadium.

There is just one change to the back line that started in the 21-8 win over Italy last time out with winger Claire McLaughlin coming in for Alison Millier who fractured her ankle against the Azzurri.

Hooker Ciara O'Connor and tighthead prop Leah Lyons replace Cliodhna Moloney and Fiona Reidy.

Captain Ciara Griffin moves from no.8 to blindside flanker to replace Anna Caplice with Paula Fitzpatrick switching to no.8 while her second row place is filled by Orla Fitzsimons.

The game will mark a 60th international appearance for both Claire Molloy and Niamh Briggs.

“We got a good boost after the win over Italy a fortnight ago," commented Griggs. "We did what we wanted to, played with tempo and moved the ball. While the performance was far from perfect, we set a marker down for the rest of the campaign. 

"We now head into a tough test on Sunday against the Welsh. We are looking to rectify some of the areas of our game that we haven't been happy with over the past few weeks and if we can make those small changes, it should be a great one. 

"Having the crowd behind us against Italy really spurred us on, so we're hoping to see another big turnout of fans on Sunday in Donnybrook."

Ireland matchday squad (v Wales, Donnybrook Stadium, Sunday, February 25th - 3pm)

15 - Kim Flood (Railway Union/ Leinster)
14 - Megan Williams (Old Belvedere/ Leinster)
13 – Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock College/ Leinster)
12 - Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere/ Leinster)
11 - Claire McLaughlin (Cooke/ Ulster)
10 - Niamh Briggs (UL Bohemian / Munster)
9 - Ailsa Hughes (Railway Union/ Leinster)
1 - Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/ Leinster)
2 - Ciara O'Connor (Galwegians/ Connacht)
3 - Leah Lyons (Highfield/ Munster)
4- Orla Fitzsimons (St Mary's/ Leinster)
5 - Nichola Fryday (Tullamore/ Connacht)
6 - Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemian/ Munster) Captain
7 - Claire Molloy (Bristol)
8 - Paula Fitzpatrick (St Mary's/ Leinster)

Replacements
16- Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union/ Leinster)
17 - Laura Feely (Galweigians/ Connacht)
18 - Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemian/ Munster)
19 – Aoife McDermott (Railway Union/ Leinster)
20 – Edel McMahon (Galwegians/ Connacht) 
21 – Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemians/ Munster)
22 – Michelle Claffey (Blackrock College/ Leinster) 
23 – Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/ Leinster)


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