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Griggs' women have fought hard to regain belief after tough start

Ireland Women's impressive win over Wales may only have given them a glimmer of hope of winning the Six Nations but, in context of the bigger picture, it was even more encouraging.

Since Adam Griggs replaced Tom Tierney as head coach, the Kiwi has consistently demanded that his players express themselves.

In the warm-up win over Wales, they showed glimpses of that and, while they were well beaten by France in the Six Nations opener, they have bounced back.

Improvements were made in the win over Italy, while against Wales, Ireland took their performance up another level.

Stalwarts like Claire Molloy and Sene Naoupu have rediscovered their best form, while less experienced players like scrum-half Ailsa Hughes have brought an added edge to their play.

The squad will reconvene at their Dublin base on Friday before their one full-pitch session of the week.

Scotland arrive in Donnybrook on Sunday afternoon for what will be Ireland's final competitive home game this year, before they round off their campaign in England. The Scots are winless, and with confidence high in the Ireland camp, they should ensure they win their third game on the bounce.

England will be a different proposition, but if Ireland can finish on a high, it will ensure that a new page has turned since last year's World Cup.

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