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Six Nations 2016 England v Ireland: Irish must conjure up more heroics

Published 27/02/2016

Ireland Women's second-row Marie Louise Reilly
Ireland Women's second-row Marie Louise Reilly

There hasn't been much to separate Ireland and England in their recent meetings, 15 points in the last three games to be precise, but today's Twickenham visitors will have to draw on last year's heroic performance if they are to get their Six Nations title defence back on track.

Defeat in France two weeks ago has left Tom Tierney's side playing catch up and arriving to the home of the world champions (7.15pm kick-off) for what is a must-win game, the tasks don't come much tougher.

Plenty of this evening's starting team played in Twickenham when England ran out 17-10 winners in 2014 but for others, this is a whole new experience compared to anything they have faced before.

England are flying high with two wins from two and the hosts will also take confidence from the fact that they beat Ireland 8-3 in what was an historic first ever women's autumn international last November.

For experienced second-row Marie Louise Reilly, returning to Twickenham is another chance to showcase Ireland's talent on a bigger stage and she is hoping to draw on her past experiences of playing there.

"It should be brilliant. It's always the classic England versus Ireland game and to have it in Twickenham is going to be extra special," she said.

"It'll be my second time playing there. It's fantastic.

"It's a real iconic world stadium and there's no reason why we can't go there and perform on the day."

Ireland Women: N Briggs (capt); E O'Byrne-White, A Donnelly, S Naoupu, M Coyne; N Stapleton, L Muldoon; R O'Reilly, C Moloney, A Egan; S Spence, M-L Reilly; C Griffin, C Molloy, P Fitzpatrick. Replacements: Z Grattage, F Hayes, F Reidy, C Cooney, H O'Brien, M Healy, N Caughey, J Shiels.

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