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Londons calling for Laura and Ireland ladies rugby team

Friday, 21st February, 2014 4:10pm
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Londons calling for Laura and Ireland ladies rugby team

Clonakilty's Laura Guest receives the 2013 West Cork Sports Star of the Year award from world champion Rob Heffernan in January.

By Kieran McCarthy

CURRENT West Cork Sports Star of the Year Laura Guest has been named as a substitute for Ireland’s crunch Women’s Six Nations clash against England on Saturday evening at Twickenham.

The 28-year-old from Templebryan, Clonakilty didn’t feature in the opening two wins, against Scotland (59 – 0) and Wales (14 – 6), but has been drafted back into the set-up in place of Paula Fitzpatrick.

Laura was a member of the history-making Ireland women’s rugby team that won a first-ever Grand Slam and Six Nations’ title, as well as the Triple Crown, last year.

Ahead of the game against England (who have won one and lost one in this year’s competition), Ireland women's head coach Philip Doyle commented: ‘The team showed great character to secure the win against Wales but they are in for a huge test this weekend facing England at Twickenham.

‘England will be smarting from last year's defeat and are a quality side who have shown their power and skill already in this championship.’

Saturday's showdown with England will be shown live on RTÉ Two following the men's game at Twickenham – approximately 6.20pm.