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Consistency key for Irish to push on, says Griggs

 

By Cian Tracey

A difficult Six Nations may be about to get even tougher unless Ireland can muster up a massive shock at home to France.

Defeat to Italy last time out punctured the momentum that Ireland had wrestled back after beating Scotland following the heavy defeat to England.

They go into this evening's game without two key players due to injuries to Leah Lyons and Michelle Claffey.

But on the bright side, it does allow Ireland to further strengthen their talent pool.

Adam Griggs has already used close to 30 players.

There is a realisation that Ireland cannot rely on the same core of 20 or so players and from that end it has been pleasing to see so many new faces, and Enya Breen becomes the latest to make her Ireland debut.

The flip side of that means that there will be some sticky results along the way but even so, losing to a professional England side is one thing, being beaten by Italy is another.

"I don't know if we are on the back foot," Griggs maintained.

"We are a young group and I think what we are seeing at the moment is that we are starting to do some things really well but then there is just that inconsistency with backing it up with some of the smaller details.

"If you said to us that we would have scored eight tries in the last two games, we'd probably be happy with that but the fact of the matter is, you have got to defend with that as well."

Munster centre Breen will form a new-look midfield with Sene Naoupu, while inside Kathryn Dane keeps her place at scrum-half with a welcome recall on the bench for Nicole Cronin.

Lindsay Peat has to make do with a place among the replacements as Laura Feely is given the nod at loosehead alongside Deirbhile Nic A Bhaird.

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