Elodie Guiglion of France dives to score against Ireland  in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 3rd/4th Place Playoff at Stade Jean-Bouin  in Paris. Photograph:  Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

France 25 Ireland 18So, Fiona Coghlan’s Ireland finish fourth at the World Cup and, like other Irish heroines before them, fall agonisingly short of t(...)

Ireland’s Siobhán Fleming, seen here scoring against Kazakhstan, will start against France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Jenny Murphy has recovered from a knee injury to replace Ireland’s Lynne Cantwell ahead of Sunday’s Women’s World Cup third-place play off against Fra(...)

Lock Sophie Spence never gave up the fight in the torrid IRB Women’s World Cup semi-final defeat to England at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Finding Sophie Spence. it happened over three years ago.“In fairness to Goose (Philip Doyle, Ireland’s coach for another 24 hours), ” explains Ireland(...)

Kay Wilson of England touches down  during the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against   Ireland   at Stade Jean Bouin  in Paris. Photograph:   Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images 2:24

Ireland 7 England 40 There can be no complaints. Ireland, the most professional amateur group Joe Schmidt said he has ever encountered, were utterly s(...)

Nora Stapleton returns at outhalf for Ireland’s Women’s World Cup semi-final against England in Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland coach Philip Doyle has named the same starting XV that beat New Zealand for Wednesday’s Women’s World Cup semi-final against England in Paris (...)

Tania Rosser’s versatility allows the Blackrock veteran move from scrumhalf to outhalf. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s a necessary risk but Ireland coach Philip Doyle has dramatically altered his team to face Kazakhstan in tomorrow’s final Pool B match in Marcouss(...)

Lynne Cantwell training at FFR HQ, Marcoussis. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Ireland team to play the USA in the opening Pool B game in the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup tomorrow (4.0, Irish time) at Marcoussis outside Paris (...)

Tania Rosser back after four year retirement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tania Rosser is a surprise yet invigorating addition to Ireland’s World Cup squad ahead of next month’s tournament in Marcoussis, just outside Paris. (...)

Ashleigh Baxter will start on the right wing against England in Saturday evening’s Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland women’s head coach Philip Doyle has made two changes to the side that earned a hard fought victory against Wales last time out for Satu(...)

Ireland Women’s Sevens players Jenny Murphy, Sofie Spence and Shannon Houston. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland Women’s Sevens coach Jon Skurr has announced a 12 woman squad for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow from June 29th/30th.The journey began j(...)