Ex-Welwyn player keeps England place for Six Nations Ireland clash at Twickenham

PUBLISHED: 15:20 19 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:20 19 February 2014

Hannah Gallagher  (Photo by Jan Kruger - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Hannah Gallagher (Photo by Jan Kruger - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

2013 Jan Kruger - RFU

Hannah Gallagher will keep her England Women’s Six Nations starting place on Saturday against Ireland at Twickenham after a try scoring appearance against Scotland last time out.

England head coach Gary Street has made seven changes to the team that thumped Scotland 63-0 two weeks ago.

However, Gallagher, a former University of Hertfordshire student and Welwyn RFC player, remains in the starting line-up and will take her place in the backrow alongside her Saracens team-mate Maggie Alphonsi who returns to the side.

When England last played Ireland in the Six Nations it was the Irish who came out on top winning 25-0 in Ashbourne.

Phillip Doyle’s side now head to Twickenham, just like Ireland Men, in search of the Triple Crown whilst England know they have to win to keep any hopes alive of taking back the Six Nations crown after their 18-6 defeat to France earlier this month.

Rugby fans can watch England Women v Ireland Women with free entry to Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 6.20pm) after the England Men v Ireland clash.

The match will also be shown live on the BBC Red Button and there will be commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.


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