Munster name XV for clash with Leinster

Munster Head Coach Niamh Briggs

IRRESPECTIVE of the outcome of their meeting with Leinster at Donnybrook on Saturday (4.45pm, live TG4), holders Munster are already through to the Women’s Inter-provincial Championship Final on September 2.

For this weekend’s fixture, Munster coach Niamh Briggs has made four changes to the starting XV which earned a 46-7 win over Connacht as Aoife Corey, Ellen Boylan, Claire Bennett and Jane Clohessy come into the starting side.

Corey returns to the matchday squad after starting for Munster in Round 1 against Ulster while Boylan and Clohessy are in line for their first starts for the province. Bennett will be making her first start of this season’s campaign.

The front-row remains unchanged as Róisín Ormond packs down alongside Ciara Farrell and Fiona Reidy. Captain Dorothy Wall continues in the second-row where she is joined by Claire Bennett.

The back-row consists of Jane Clohessy, Maeve Óg O’Leary and Deirbhile Nic a Bháird.

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There is a settled look to the half-backs and centres with Muirne Wall and Kate Flannery partnering at scrum-half and out-half while Stephanie Nunan and Alana McInerney line out at inside-centre and outside-centre.

In the back-three, Stephanie Carroll keeps her place on the left wing while Ellen Boylan and Aoife Corey come into the side at right wing and full-back.

Eimear Considine and Aoife Doyle miss out this weekend due to minor knocks picked up in the win against Connacht.

Gillian Coombes returns to the matchday squad with a place on the bench while Nicole Cronin is in line to make her first appearance of this campaign having successfully recovered from a leg injury.

Aoibhe O’Flynn is in line for her debut from the bench.

Munster: Aoife Corey (UL Bohemian); Ellen Boylan (Blackrock College), Alana McInerney (UL Bohemian), Stephanie Nunan (UL Bohemian), Stephanie Carroll (Railway Union); Kate Flannery (UL Bohemian), Muirne Wall (UL Bohemian); Róisín Ormond (Ballincollig), Ciara Farrell (UL Bohemian), Fiona Reidy (UL Bohemian); Dorothy Wall, captain, (Blackrock College), Claire Bennett (UL Bohemian); Jane Clohessy (UL Bohemian), Maeve Óg O’Leary (Blackrock College), Deirbhile Nic a Bháird (Old Belvedere).

Replacements: Beth Buttimer (Fethard/Carrick-on-Suir/Thurles), Eilís Cahill (UL Bohemian), Gillian Coombes (Ballincollig), Clodagh O’Halloran (UL Bohemian), Chloe Pearse (UL Bohemian), Abbie Salter-Townshend (UL Bohemian), Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemian), Aoibhe O’Flynn (UL Bohemian).