Ireland vs Wales – Women's Six Nations rugby LIVE: TV channel, kick-off time, live stream free for today's encounter

IRELAND are look to kick start their 2022 Six Nations campaign with a win over fierce rivals Wales in Dublin.

After finishing third in last year's Six Nations Ireland will be hoping that this year they can push one step further and reach the final.

Wales on the other hand finished 6th in last years Six Nations claiming the wooden spoon as consolation.

  • Kick-off: 4.45pm
  • Venue: RDS Arena, Dublin
  • TV channel: BBC Red Button
  • Live stream: BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer
  • Ireland team: 15. Considine, 14. Murphy Crowe, 13. Higgins, 12. Flood, 11. Mulhall, 10. Cronin, 9. Reilly, 1. Djougang, 2. Jones, 3. O’Dwyer, 4. Fryday, 5. Monaghan, 6. Wall, 7. McMahon, 8. Hogan.
  • Wales team: 15. Powell, 14. Neumann, 13. Johns, 12. Lake, 11. Joyce, 10. Snowsill, 9. Bevan, 1. Pyrs, 2. Phillips, 3. Hale, 4. John, 5. Crabb, 6. Butchers, 7. Callender, 8. Lillicrap.

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    Ireland 7-0 Wales

    18. Flood does brilliantly with a long pass to find Murphy Crowe.

    Wales will be disappointed with their defending for that try.

    Cronin converts the try.

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    Try – Murphy Crowe (Ireland)

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    Ireland 0-0 Wales

    16. Great lineout by Ireland allowing them to drive at Wales.

    The referee awards Wales a penalty and the put in at the scrum.

    Greg McWilliams really needs to do something about Ireland's discipline.

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    Ireland 0-0 Wales

    14. Ireland with a great kick deep into the Welsh half.

    The ball at first seems to have gone out on the full.

    It was in fact a great kick and gives Ireland a great position.

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    Ireland 0-0 Wales

    12. Wales turnover the ball just when Irish fans were hoping to their team push towards the Welsh posts.

    Ireland are putting some big hits in on the Welsh.

    Bevan with a clever little chip kick finding touch.

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    Ireland 0-0 Wales

    10. Ireland have possession and try to utilise the high kick.

    Wales deal with it comfortably.

    The referee pulls it back for an Ireland penalty.

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    Ireland 0-0 Wales

    8. Great pressure from Callender from the scrum forcing the turnover.

    Penalty against Ireland and it seems their discipline has not improved from last season's tournament.

    Wales need to capitalise on this.

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    Ireland 0-0 Wales

    7. Good play by Wales breaking through the Irish lines over and over.

    It looks like they may break towards the Ireland line but a big hit by Djougang stops the Welsh move.

    Ireland have a put in on their own twenty-two.

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    Ireland 0-0 Wales

    5. Wales will be pleased with the start they have made so far.

    It is Ireland who are giving away all the penalties so far.

    Powell takes a ball deep in her own half and charges through two or three Irish challenges.

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    Ireland 0-0 Wales

    3. Wales work through the phases and drive into Ireland's half.

    Great play from Lucy Mulhall in keeping the ball in play from a Welsh kick looking for touch as a result of a penalty.

    Wales have possession again driving towards the halfway line.

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    Ireland 0-0 Wales

    1. Ireland give away a penalty very early on.

    Discipline was an issue for them last year.

    Wales drive towards halfway.

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    Kick-off: Ireland vs Wales

    Nichole Coleman gets the match started for Ireland.

    A very sunny RDS Arena in Dublin

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    Welsh replacements:

    16. Jones, 17. Hope, 18. Rose, 19. Harries, 20. Lewis, 21. Lewis, 22. Wilkins, 23. Tuipulotu

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    Wales starting XV:

    15. Powell, 14. Neumann, 13. Johns, 12. Lake, 11. Joyce, 10. Snowsill, 9. Bevan, 1. Pyrs, 2. Phillips, 3. Hale, 4. John, 5. Crabb, 6. Butchers, 7. Callender, 8. Lillicrap

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    Ireland replacements:

    16. Hooban, 17. Pearse, 18. Haney, 19. McGann, 20. O'Connor, 21. Dane, 22. Breen, 23. Parsons

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    Ireland starting XV:

    15. Considine, 14. Murphy Crowe, 13. Higgins, 12. Flood, 11. Mulhall, 10. Cronin, 9. Reilly, 1. Djougang, 2. Jones, 3. O'Dwyer, 4. Fryday, 5. Monaghan, 6. Wall, 7. McMahon, 8. Hogan

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    Consistency will be key

    The Welsh coach pointed out what his focus was going to be for his team:

    We want to build on the good progress we saw in the autumn. We want to play a high-tempo game and have challenged the players to perform at high intensity.

    Ioan CunninghamWales

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    New generation of Welsh rugby

    Lisa Neumann And Jasmine Joyce are named on the wings with Kayleigh Powell at full-back.

    Hannah Jones and Kerin Lake make up the centre partnership with Elinor Snowsill and Keira Bevan at fly-half and scrum-half respectively.

    Captain Siwan Lillicrap has recovered from covid to take her place in the team.

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    Ireland pull out selection surprise

    The big shock in the Irish selection is that Beibhinn Parsons is on the bench, the winger was one of the breakout players of last year’s tournament.

    Instead Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe and Lucy Mulhall starts on the wings.

    Nicole Cronin is at fly-half and will have debutant Aoibheann Reilly as her half-back partner.

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    Welcome to Ireland vs Wales

    The TikTok Women’s Six Nations commences in Dublin today as Ireland entertain Wales with the tournament reinstated to its original format.

    Last year the organisers shortened the competition due to covid, but now restrictions have eased the full schedule is back and the encounter between Ireland and Wales will be interesting for a whole host of reasons.

    After being accused of not investing enough in the women’s team, the governing body gave 12 Wales women’s players professional contracts as well as a number of part-time retainer deals.

    This has made a huge difference to the country’s preparations for such a tournament with a large majority of the squad now on full-time playing contracts.

    Ireland failed to book a place at the rugby World Cup after they lost to Spain and Scotland in the European qualifiers last year.

    As a result there was criticism of 15s programme from players in Ireland and a review immediately took place with IRFU apologising to the women’s players and accepting all of the suggestions resulting from the first review.

    These changes to the setup of the two nations will mean that both teams will be in very different mindsets today from when they last met in the previous campaign.

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