Niamh Briggs: Ireland’s captain reverts from centre to fullback for for the clash against Scotland. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Women's Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland, Donnybrook, Sunday, 1pm Not a memorable campaign as the dethroned champions can only, realistically, finis(...)

Ireland’s Larissa Muldoon in action during against England at Twickenham: Ireland were unable to hold on to their 9-8 lead. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Setting up camp at the water’s edge, otherwise known as England’s try line, had to yield five points if victory was to be even considered on the vast(...)

 Abbie Scott  scores England’s second try despite the attentions of Ireland’s   Cliodhna Moloney during the  Women’s Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

England 13 Ireland 9 The lesson remains as salient as ever; setting up camp at the water’s edge that is the England try-line must yield five points i(...)

Ireland’s Niamh Briggs tackled by Ceri Large and Abigail Brown of England during last year’s Six Nations clash in Ashbourne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Different cast members from two years ago, but Ireland’s problem last time around, on this wide open space, in this cavernous stadium, was exit routes(...)

Ireland’s Sene Naoupu runs in a try against Wales during the Women’s Six Nations clash at Donnybrook. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 21 Wales 3 A familiar-looking pack ultimately delivered a clear-cut victory in the rain but it was Sene Naoupu who provided the spark for I(...)

Ireland’s Sene Naoupu scores a try despite Adi Taviner of Wales Photograph: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ireland 21 Wales 3 All told, a serious statement of intent from the defending champions. And a diamond discovered in the process. It was 2011 when (...)

Elise O’Byrne-White will make her debut for Ireland against Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland v Wales Donnybrook, Saturday, 1pm Instead of building on the unexpected Six Nations title Niamh Briggs led Ireland to in 2015 – following on(...)

Old Belvedere winger Elise O’Byrne-White earns her first international start against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Seeking a positive spin on the defending Six Nations back line being stripped bare as the Sevens game takes priority? Opportunity for others, of cour(...)

Ireland’s Paula Fitzpatrick in action against New Zealand in 2014. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is very little to tell. Ireland won a Grand Slam in 2013, reached a World Cup semi-final in 2014 and recaptured the Six Nations title in 2015. (...)

Niamh Briggs will captain Ireland as they look to retain the Six Nations Championship. Photograph: Inpho

Tom Tierney has announced his squad for the Six Nations as Ireland’s women look to retain the championship they won in 2015. Ireland’s title defence (...)