Lucy Mulhall will make her Ireland XVs debut in the first game of the World Cup 2021 European qualifying tournament against Spain tomorrow.

The 27-year-old Ireland Sevens captain and former Wicklow footballer starts at outside centre in place of Eve Higgins in what is head coach Adam Griggs' only change to the team that beat Italy in April.

Uncapped Wasps centre Sam Monaghan is also on the bench.

Ciara Griffin will captain Ireland at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, where kick-off is at 5pm.

Having scored twice in the win over Italy at Energia Park last time out, Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe is named in an exciting Ireland back three alongside Eimear Considine and Beibhinn Parsons, while Kathryn Dane and Stacey Flood continue their half-back partnership for the contest against Spain.

There is a familiar look to the Ireland pack with Lindsay Peat, Cliodhna Moloney and Linda Djougang providing plenty of experience in the front row, and Aoife McDermott and Nichola Fryday are selected in the second row together for the fourth consecutive game.

Griffin is joined in a dynamic back row by Dorothy Wall at blindside flanker and Brittany Hogan at number eight, with the fit-again Edel McMahon named among the replacements having missed the Six Nations through injury.

Neve Jones, Laura Feely, Leah Lyons and the uncapped Monaghan will also hope to add impact off the bench, while Emily Lane, Enya Breen and Lauren Delany provide Griggs with the backline options.

The Ireland head coach said: "We have been building towards this tournament for a number of months now, and the players have put in a huge volume of work to get to this point. The 23 selected have the honour of representing the wider group as we set out to achieve our goal of Rugby World Cup Qualification.

"Spain first up will provide a stern test and the group are fully focused on starting our campaign on the front foot. We are confident the combinations and cohesion built up through the Women's Six Nations will stand us in good stead for the challenges ahead, and we're now excited to get up and running on Monday evening."

Ireland will face Six Nations rivals Italy on 19 September and Scotland on 25 September with only the group winners securing their place in New Zealand next year. The second-placed side will get one more chance in a final 'repechage' group stage against Samoa, Colombia and an Asian runner-up.

Ireland: Eimear Considine (UL Bohemian/Munster); Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union/Munster), Lucy Mulhall (Rathdrum/Leinster), Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Beibhinn Parsons (Ballinasloe/Blackrock College/Connacht); Stacey Flood (Railway Union/Leinster), Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere/Ulster); Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster), Cliodhna Moloney (Wasps/IQ Rugby), Linda Djougang (Old Belvedere/Leinster); Aoife McDermott (Railway Union/Leinster), Nichola Fryday (Blackrock College/Connacht); Dorothy Wall (Blackrock College/Munster), Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemian/Munster) (captain), Brittany Hogan (DCU/Old Belvedere/Ulster).

Replacements: Neve Jones (Malone/Ulster), Laura Feely (Blackrock College/Connacht), Leah Lyons (Sale/IQ Rugby), Sam Monaghan (Wasps/IQ Rugby), Edel McMahon (Wasps/IQ Rugby), Emily Lane (Blackrock College/Munster), Enya Breen (UL Bohemian/Munster), Lauren Delany (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby).