Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan with  Paula Fitzpatrick after yesterday’s 25-18 loss to France in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Team has come a long way since debacle at Pau two years ago

Ireland head coach Philip Doyle after the defeat to England at the Stade Jean Bouin in Paris.

Outgoing Ireland coach’s advice has not been sought regarding his successor

Ireland head coach Philip Doyle after the World Cup semi-final defeat to England. “there is a huge chance to push on and really put women’s rugby in Ireland on a new standing.” Photograph: Inpho

Lynne Cantwell ruled out with concussion, Jenny Murphy’s knee injury makes her a major doubt

2014 Women's Rugby World Cup Semi-Final, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France 13/8/2014Ireland vs EnglandNiamh Briggs applauds the Ireland fans after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Niamh Briggs insists belief still there ahead of IRB Women’s World Cup third place finale against France

Ireland head coach Philip Doyle after the World Cup semi-final defeat by England at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. Doyle will be leaving his role after Sunday’s third-place play-off.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Many of the cast from this epic World Cup tale are leaving but the story shouldn’t end here

Ireland’s Nora Stapleton: the crowd were “magnificent tonight and you could hear them in the crowd. We were more disappointed for them.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Donegal outhalf says team disappointed and numb

 A tearful Lynne Cantwell applauds the Ireland fans after defeat to England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Defeat to England in World Cup semi-final may have been her last game for Ireland

Ireland need all the variables to fall inther favour at Stade Jean Bouin this evening. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Ireland will need to focus to prevail in World Cup semi-final

Claire Molloy: “This game, England in a world cup semi-final, this is our dream. We now know we can beat New Zealand, so why not England as well?” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Natural born open-side flanker relishing World Cup semi-final tilt against Red Rose

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