Anna Caplice has earned a recall to the Ireland team for Friday's game against the USA, while Munster’s Maeve Óg O’Leary is in line for her debut.

Caplice, who recently joined Gloucester-Hartpury, has 14 caps but missed out September’s round-robin tournament in Parma where defeats to Spain and Scotland ended Ireland's World Cup hopes.

Elsewhere, regular full-back Eimear Considine has shifted to centre for the RDS clash (7.45pm, live on RTÉ Player).

Lauren Delany, Laura Sheehan and Beibhinn Parsons have been named in the back three, with Considine starting in midfield alongside Sene Naoupu.

Stacey Flood and Ailsa Hughes are paired together in the half-backs.

In the forwards, Lindsay Peat, Cliodhna Moloney and Leah Lyons pack down in the front row, with Nichola Fryday and Sam Monaghan in the second row.

Captain Ciara Griffin is joined in the back row by Edel McMahon at blindside flanker and Caplice at number 8.

A standout performer during the recent Vodafone Women’s Inter-Provincial Series and during the opening rounds of the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League, O’Leary has impressed out-going head coach Adam Griggs since her call-up to the squad and earns a place on the bench.

The Blackrock RFC player is named among the replacements alongside Neve Jones, Katie O’Dwyer, Linda Djougang, Hannah O’Connor, Kathryn Dane, Eve Higgins and Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe.

Ireland return to action against the USA Eagles, who are ranked sixth in the world, in what will be the first women's international staged at the RDS, with tickets for the game at the Ballsbridge venue still available.

"The girls that have come into the squad have been hugely impressive at club and inter-pro level, so for them to get the nod to come up into the squad, it's good that we're consistently blooding new talent coming through," said lock Fryday.

"It's great to have them and they're hugely excited, as they should be, to be in the Ireland kit and with a chance to get their first cap. It's really exciting for them.

"When something like [failing to qualify] happens you have to start focusing on your next goal.

"For us, it's about building a squad over the next few years for the next World Cup to make sure that we're never in this position again.

"I don't want any future Irish players to experience this.

"As a team and as a union, we deserve to be a World Cup so I think that we just need to focus on making sure this doesn't happen again for future players."


15. Lauren Delany (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby)(16)
14. Laura Sheehan (Exeter Chiefs/IQ Rugby)(4)
13. Eimear Considine (UL Bohemians/Munster)(21)
12. Sene Naoupu (Old Belvedere/Leinster)(44)
11. Beibhinn Parsons (Blackrock College/Connacht)(14)
10. Stacey Flood (Railway Union/Leinster)(6)
9. Ailsa Hughes (Railway Union/Leinster)(12)
1. Lindsay Peat (Railway Union/Leinster)(37)
2. Cliodhna Moloney (Wasps/IQ Rugby)(29)
3. Leah Lyons (Sale Sharks/IQ Rugby)(27)
4. Nichola Fryday (Blackrock College/Connacht)(21)
5. Sam Monaghan (Wasps/IQ Rugby)(3)
6. Ciara Griffin (UL Bohemians/Munster)(Captain)(39)
7. Edel McMahon (Wasps/IQ Rugby)(12)
8. Anna Caplice (Gloucester-Hartpury/IQ Rugby)(14).

16. Neve Jones (Malone/Ulster)(4)
17. Katie O'Dwyer (Railway Union/Leinster)(3)
18. Linda Djougang (ASM Romagnat Rugby/Leinster)(15)
19. Hannah O’Connor (Blackrock College/Leinster)(5)
20. Maeve Óg O’Leary (Blackrock College/Munster)*
21. Kathryn Dane (Old Belvedere/Ulster)(16)
22. Eve Higgins (Railway Union/Leinster)(5)
23. Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe (Railway Union/Munster)(5)

* Denotes uncapped player

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