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Bristol Ladies Molloy Named In Irish Team For Six Nations Opener

Bristol Ladies forward, Claire Molloy, has been selected for Ireland Women team to face Scotland in the Six Nations tonight (KO 6:35PM). 

In the starting XV, Highfield hooker Leah Lyons, who won her first cap back in November, is partnered in the front row by props Lindsay Peat and Ailis Egan. Experienced campaigner Marie Louise Reilly will have Orla Fitzsimons of St. Mary's as her second row partner.

The back row will see flankers Ciara Griffin and Claire Molloy pack-down with number 8 Paula Fitzpatrick, who will captain the team in absence of regular skipper Niamh Briggs who is continuing her rehab from injury.

In the back-line, the uncapped Hughes will link up with her Leinster colleague Nora Stapleton at half-back, while Sene Naoupu partners the returning Jenny Murphy in the centre, and the back-three sees Alison Miller and Niamh Kavanagh on the wings with Mairead Coyne at full-back.

Speaking ahead of the opening Championship clash, Tierney said: "The first game of the Six Nations is always a big challenge, as it's very difficult to know what the opposition are going to throw at you.

"Scotland, in front of their home crowd, will be looking to give their fans something to get excited about, so it's really important that we go into the game fully focused.

"There's some new caps in the side for this Friday, and those players have performed really well in the camps that we've had over the previous number of weeks, so now it's their chance to transfer what they've been doing in training into the international arena.

"It's very exciting that all the matches in this year's Championship will be broadcast live, so we hope everyone will tune in (to RTE 2) on Friday evening to watch the game."

Meanwhile, Scotland captain Lisa Martin will start at inside centre alongside powerful newcomer Lisa Thomson, who made her debut in last year's opening match against England.

There is speed in the backs in the form of Murrayfield Wanderers full-back Chloe Rollie and Edinburgh University wingers Megan Gaffney and Rhona Lloyd, the latter also making her debut in the opening game of last year's campaign.

The hosts' back-line is completed by scrum half Sarah Law, who started her international career in 2013, and her Murrayfield Wanderers club-mate Helen Nelson, the out-half who was named player of the match on her first start for Scotland against Spain in November.

This blend of experience and fresh talent runs throughout the squad with Rachel Malcom making her first start for Scotland in the front row following two appearances off the bench against Spain. She is joined by props Tracy Balmer (38 caps) and Lindsey Smith (32 caps).

In the second row, Emma Wassell and Deborah McCormack have locked in their positions for the 19th consecutive Tests together following their debut in the opening 2014 Six Nations match against Ireland.

With two caps under her belt against Spain, flanker Louise McMillan is selected alongside RHC Cougar's Karen Dunbar on the opposite flank.

Scottish Rugby's first full-time female player Jade Konkel returns from the injury which saw her sidelined during the Rugby World Cup qualifiers in autumn. Reclaiming the number 8 jersey, Konkel is one of 11 BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy players selected to play against Ireland, including Lucy Park and Eilidh Sinclair who are named on the bench.

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