The Ireland Women’s team, sponsored by Aon, to face Australia in their first match of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 at the UCD Bowl Tonight (kick-off 7pm) has been announced.

Looking forward to launching Ireland’s WRWC 2017 campaign, Tierney said: “The squad are very excited to get the tournament underway. They’ve had excellent preparation and things have really come together since arriving into UCD on Saturday afternoon and everyone’s been extremely focused on their role and the challenge ahead.

“The Australians are a good team and we’ll have to be very good for the opening game. The players are all very clear on the challenges that the Wallaroos pose.

“However, this is a home World Cup and we’re confident that the crowd will get behind us tomorrow evening, which will be an added benefit for us, and we’re all looking forward to getting the tournament up and running.”

IRELAND WOMEN’S Team & Replacements (v Australia, 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup – Pool C, UCD Bowl, Wednesday, August 9, kick-off 7pm):

15. Hannah Tyrrell (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
14. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemians/Munster)
13. Jenny Murphy (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
12. Sene Naoupu (Harlequins)
11. Alison Miller (Old Belvedere/Connacht)
10. Nora Stapleton (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
9. Larissa Muldoon (Railway Union/Ulster)
1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster)
2. Cliodhna Moloney (Railway Union/Leinster)
3. Ailis Egan (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
4. Paula Fitzpatrick (St. Mary’s/Leinster)
5. Marie Louise Reilly (Old Belvedere/Leinster)

6. Ashleigh Baxter (Cooke/Ulster)
7. Claire Molloy (Bristol/Connacht) (capt)
8. Heather O’Brien (Highfield/Munster)

Replacements:

16. Leah Lyons (Highfield/Munster)
17. Ruth O’Reilly (Galwegians/Connacht)
18. Ciara O’Connor (Galwegians/Connacht)
19. Sophie Spence (Old Belvedere/Leinster)
20. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians/Munster)
21. Nicole Cronin (UL Bohemians/Munster) *
22. Katie Fitzhenry (Blackrock/Leinster)
23. Mairead Coyne (Galwegians/Connacht)

* Denotes uncapped player

IRELAND WOMEN’S WORLD CUP – POOL C SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, August 9
Ireland v Australia, UCD Bowl, 7pm

Sunday, August 13
Ireland v Japan, UCD Bowl, 5.15pm

Thursday, August 17
France v Ireland, UCD Bowl, 7.45pm