There were many positives to take from Ireland's seven-try win over Wales at the weekend, but chief among them was the performance of Galway teenager Beibhinn Parsons.

The 19-year-old added to her growing reputation with a brace of tries, including a sensational solo effort that saw her leave Welsh players for dust as she scorched down the left wing.

Praise has not been in short supply in the aftermath, with captain Ciara Griffin hailing the winger as "a special player".

As Ireland prepare for a step-up in quality against France on Saturday, head coach Adam Griggs was asked about the hype surrounding the gifted back.

Having worked with Parsons at under-18 level and handing her a Test debut as a 16-year-old against the USA, Griggs knows the speed merchant as well as anyone, and has no fears over her mindset, and cautions that it is the other side of her game that will come under more scrutiny.

"She is getting a lot of attention, but knowing her, she’s quite mature for her age. She is handling it quite well.

"I guess the side of her we need to be prepared for, with that attention and how well she has done, is that she is going to come across stronger in defence."

France arrive in Donnybrook firm favourites to top Pool B and meet England, winners of Pool A, for the right to be crowned champions in the restructured tournament.

Try-scoring chances could be harder to come by than they were in Cardiff, but Griggs is confident Parsons will lap up anything that comes her way.

"If I was coaching on the opposite side, I’d be putting two defenders on her to make sure she is marked up well.

"We need to make sure that we can bring her into the game in other ways and not just some of the highlight reel stuff that was there last week. It’s going to take more of an effort to grind them down and she is capable of that.

"That is where she is still learning a little bit, understanding her role in how she can be a threat in other areas of the field rather than just waiting on the wing."

While the Ireland starting team is unchanged, there are two personnel changes among the replacements, with Sevens international Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe poised to make her debut from the bench.

The Tipperary native, named in the 2019 World Rugby Sevens dream team of the year, is another exciting attacking option off the bench.

"There is no secret of her athletic ability," says Griggs. "She is dynamic and has that X-factor that she brings to the Sevens stage."

This week is another step in her learning

The coach admitted Murphy Crowe was "still learning the intricacies" of the 15-player game, but having trained last week, and travelled to Cardiff to get an understanding of match preparation, he feels she is ready for action.

"This week is another step in her learning. If she can get on the park, I’m sure it will be good for her."

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