Women's Six Nations 2015: Katie Fitzhenry handed Ireland start

Katie Fitzhenry bursts away from Italian full-back Manuela Furlan in last Friday's game in Florence
Katie Fitzhenry came on as a replacement in the opening win over Italy last weekend
Women's Six Nations: Ireland v France
Venue: Ashbourne Date: Friday, 13 February Kick-off: 19:30 GMT Coverage: Match report on BBC Sport Website

Ireland's coach Tom Tierney has made one change from the opening win over Italy for Friday's Women's Six Nations game against champions France.

Katie Fitzhenry is named at centre in place of Jackie Shiels after winning her first cap as a replacement in Florence last weekend.

Ireland scored five tries as they earned a 30-5 win over the Italians.

France also produced an impressive opening win as they defeated Scotland 42-0 in La Roche-sur-Yon.

"It was great to get the result and there was some good things we can take out of the Italy clash," said Ireland coach Tierney.

"This week sees another step up for the players in terms of opposition.

"Playing at home is a great plus for us and hopefully we will have a big Ashbourne crowd to make it a good atmosphere to help give those home supporters a good performance and a win."

Prop Paula Fitzpatrick scored two of Ireland's tries last weekend with skipper Niamh Briggs, Jenny Murphy and Heather O'Brien also touching down.

Ireland last met France at last year's World Cup third-fourth place match when the French hosts earned a 25-18 win.

Ireland: N Briggs (capt); H Tyrrell, J Murphy, K Fitzhenry, A Miller; N Stapleton, L Muldoon; R O'Reilly, G Bourke, A Egan; ML Reilly, S Spence; P Fitzpatrick, C Molloy, H O'Brien. Replacements: S Mimnagh, F Hayes, F O'Brien, O Fitzsimons, K Norris, T Rosser, J Shiels, S Naoupu.

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