Ireland begin their bid to qualify for next year’s Rugby World Cup, tackling Spain first up in the Covid-delayed round-robin Europe Qualifier in Parma.

The game is being streamed live on the World rugby YouTube page and kicks off at 5 PM Irish time.

Ciara Griffin will captain the girls in green as Griggs makes just one change to the team that won 25-5 against Italy in April’s final Six Nations match.

Ireland Sevens captain Lucy Mulhall starts for the first time in an international 15’s game

She will play in midfield alongside Sene Naoupu, while Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, the scorer of two tries against Italy in the Six Nations leads an exciting back-three.

“The 23 selected have the honour of representing the wider group as we set out to achieve our goal of Rugby World Cup qualification,” said Head Coach Adam Griggs.

“Spain first up will provide a stern test and the group are fully focused on starting our campaign on the front foot.”

“We are confident the combinations and cohesion built up through the Six Nations will stand us in good stead for the challenges ahead, and we’re now excited to get up and running on Monday evening.”


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