Greg McWilliam’s side has a six-day turnaround after the most challenging game of the championship.
Greg McWilliams must use his depth chart ahead of Saturday’s final Six Nations clash against Scotland.
The hope is that Belfast’s home advantage will help Ireland secure their second win of the Six Nations against the Scots, who were beaten by Italy on Saturday and won only once. Ireland has just a six-day turnaround from yesterday’s 69-0 thumping at the hands of England in Leicester, a very physical game.
Flanker Edel McMahon led the game with chart-leading totals of 22 tackles and ten carries. Still, many of her teammates had similarly hefty workloads against an English side that enjoyed physical dominance.
Ireland is also set to lose several players for the Scotland clash, having already had seven squad members leave for the Ireland 7s set-up ahead of the England game. Five were starters in the Irish backline, and now McWilliams will have to go through another rejig of his backs. Left-wing Eimear Considine was sidelined in the final quarter of the England game and was
pictured post-match on crutches with ice and bandaging around her knee. Out-half Nicole Cronin was replaced in the first half after her back seized up and is also a doubt in the Scotland game.
“Eimear is getting tested by the medical team, and we’ll get word back in the next three to four hours,” said McWilliams post-match.