Women's Six Nations: Ireland ready to 'turn the page' says captain Ciara Griffin

Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe
Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe will make her first Test start against Italy
Women's Six Nations third-place play-off: Ireland v Italy
Venue: Energia Park, Donnybrook, Dublin Date: Saturday, 24 April Kick-off: 12:00 BST
Coverage: Live coverage on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website

Ireland coach Adam Griggs has made three changes to his starting team for Saturday's Women's Six Nations third place play-off game against Italy.

Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, Stacey Flood and Brittany Hogan are all in line for their first Test starts in Dublin.

Flanker Grace Moore could make her Ireland debut off the bench.

Skipper Ciara Griffin says the team is ready to "turn the page" after a heavy 56-15 defeat by France last weekend and end the campaign on a high.

The match has been switched from Parma to Donnybrook because of quarantine issues.

Pool A teams England, Italy and Scotland were to be given home advantage on Finals' weekend of this year's condensed three-game format.

However the Irish government requires athletes returning to Ireland from international events to adhere to the 'equivalent' of 10 days of hotel quarantining so the Italian Federation agreed to give up home advantage.

"We want to thank the Italians for a real show of rugby solidarity by coming to Dublin to make sure the match was played," said Ireland skipper Ciara Griffin.

Ireland began their campaign with a comprehensive 45-0 win over Wales but went down heavily 56-15 to France last weekend. Italy lost 67-3 to England, before defeating Scotland 41-20.

The Irish were disappointed not to deliver a more competitive performance against the French but Griffin insists third place is still worth fighting for.

"We want to turn a page this week and show what we know we can do," she said.

"Our goal was to finish in the top three and show all the hard work we have done since October as a group.

"We are an honest group and say it like it is and we have had our chats in our mini units this week to see how we can improve and finish on a high."

'Valuable lessons learned' in defeat by France

The Irish could meet Italy again later this year in a World Cup qualifier, giving Griggs' side added incentive to deliver a strong performance at the weekend.

"We learned some valuable lessons last weekend and we now have the opportunity to rectify some of the areas where we need to show more accuracy," Griggs said.

Murphy Crowe, who came off the bench to make her debut against France last weekend, is promoted to the right wing.

Flood comes in at fly-half for her third cap and first start having impressed off the bench in the games against Wales and France. The Ireland Sevens international partners Kathryn Dane in the half-back department.

Open-side flanker Hogan's inclusion in the back row is the only change Griggs has made to his pack.

Italy coach Andrea di Giandomenico has named an unchanged matchday 23.

Ireland: E Considine; A Murphy Crowe, E Higgins, S Naoupu, B Parsons; S Flood, K Dane; L Peat, C Moloney, L Djougang; A McDermott, N Fryday; D Wall, B Hogan, C Griffin.

Replacements: N Jones, L Feely, L Lyons, G Moore, H O'Connor, E Lane, H Tyrrell, E Breen.

Italy: V Ostuni Minuzzi; M Furlan, M Sillari, B Rigoni, M Magatti; V Madia, S Barratin; E Skofca, M Bettoni, L Gai; V Fedrighi, G Duca; I Arrighetti, F Sgorbini, E Giordano.

Replacements: L Cammarano, G Maris, M Merlo, S Tounesi, I Locatelli, B Veronese, S Stefan, A Muzzo.

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