Drybrook's Ceri Large hoping to impress for England against Ireland
DRYBROOK’s Ceri Large will be aiming to build on her impressive performance against Scotland last week when England Women play Ireland at Ashbourne RFC today (2pm).
The Worcester stand-off scored two tries as her side battered Scotland 76-0 in the Six Nations opener and survives the chop of head coach Gary Street.
Street has made seven changes to the line-up which includes a whole new front row.
Rochelle Clark and Victoria Fleetwood come off the bench and Bristol prop Sophie Hemming is back in the match day squad.
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Richmond’s form lock Rowena Burnfield is also back in the second row.
In the backs, Kay Wilson moves from the wing to full-back in the only positional change while Sally Tuson and La Toya Mason make the starting line-up.
Richmond’s Francesca Matthew also returns to action after narrowly missing out on Sevens selection for last weekend’s World Series in Houston because of injury.
Street, whose side are defending Six Nations champions, said: “As always I want to rotate the squad and give players’ game time.
“We have brought in some real experience in the front row for Saturday’s game in Rochelle Clark and Sophie Hemming – who share 120 caps between them – whilst Sally Tuson has forced her way into the starting line-up with her powerful and try scoring efforts against Scotland.
“I am also pleased to welcome back Fran Matthews who had a superb autumn international series and is looking to get some game time under her belt.”
Despite England being without several star names for Saturday’s win over Scotland with a number of players in Sevens action in the World Series, the 2012 Grand Slam winners still managed to run in a massive 12 tries.
Street, however, knows today’s match against Ireland will be a different proposition altogether.
Ireland beat Wales in their opening match of the series, and last season England edged a hard-fought 23-6 victory over their rivals.
Street said: “Ireland always raise their game against us so we know this is going to be one of our toughest games of the tournament.
“It's certainly up there as one of the big games of the championship.
“That said we will be treating it as just another game, our win over Scotland has given the whole squad a real confidence boost and hopefully if we meet our own expectations then the result will take care of itself.”