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Muldoon has bright outlook

Having just turned 25, Larissa Muldoon can hardly be considered an elder statesperson of the Irish squad but she certainly falls into the 'experienced' category.

Having made her debut as a 19-year old, the Donegal native has seen plenty of changes in women's rugby in this country and has indeed played an integral role in the side that won the Grand Slam in 2013 as well as the Six Nations title last year.

Muldoon is in line to win her 35th cap against Scotland tomorrow as Ireland aim to preserve their unbeaten record since moving to Donnybrook.

It's been an horrendous Six Nations campaign for Scotland who are the only side without a win and while Ireland won't defend their title, there has been plenty of positives, according to Muldoon. "I think this year has been a building phase and I suppose you're always going to have your changes but bringing the new girls into the structure and to the pace of the game has been important," the scrum-half said.

"It is massively challenging. There's going to be ups and downs but I suppose it's just about keeping as one. For me personally, it's about introducing the new girls to the game and showing them how amazing it is to wear the green shirt."

Ireland Women: N Briggs (capt); L Burke, C McLaughlin, S Naoupu, A Miller; N Stapleton, L Muldoon; R O'Reilly, Z Grattage, A Egan; E Anthony, C Cooney; C Griffin, C Molloy, P Fitzpatrick. Replacements: C Moloney, F Hayes, F Reidy, O Fitzsimons, S Spence, M Healy, A Donnelly, K Flood.

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